Walkers are a friendly breed if you haven't noticed. They'll greet you with a "hello" or a "good morning" as our paths cross. A simple nod of the head is often sufficient.
I do have a couple favorite walks. Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, is a picturesque path along the ocean and the best mile trek this side of anywhere. The cliff walk in Newport, R.I., is a longer stretch of trail, offering views of the ocean and those famous mansions.
Walking the treadmill each morning is a poor substitute to the outdoors, especially if you're next to a chatterbox. But the three to four miles gets my day started on the right foot, especially in foul weather.
Thoughts of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine often entered my mind, but unfortunately age has intervened now. My agenda calls for a lesser distance with far fewer obstacles.
But right now, that's all talk and no walk.
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Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.