One of the places I’ve discovered I like walking here in Texas is the John Burke Nature Preserve. It’s a bit of a detour from work, but not too far, and it’s a very wooded and secluded area tucked almost under the onramps for the big interstate. You are never away from the roar of traffic, but that fades into the background as you tramp along the well-maintained trails. I rarely see another person when I visit, and that suits me.
It’s also a good place for me to work on learning this new biome. Even after months of living here, I’m not as far along on that as I’d like, due to conflicting priorities and sheer lack of time. Working on it. Walking is good for me mentally and physically – I plan to reprioritize it in 2022 and make sure I get in a ramble at least once a week, preferably two, along with gym visits on a much more regular routine.
Getting to walk in the sunshine and enjoy the Texas winter warmth was fantastic, even knowing it won’t last long. On the other hand? It’s a short winter, relative to growing up in the Interior Alaskan bush, where there could be frost on any given day of the year, and winter took up six months and more.