‘Slow Walkers’ set the pace

Information and photos submitted by Sherry Evans

Ker-plop, ker-plop. ker-plop…one foot in front of the other. That’s the march. There are plenty of hikers and walkers in Big Canoe, often meeting weekly to explore the miles of trails that bring the great outdoors up close and personal.

Some hikers are walking for good health, others for the enjoyment of simply being outside. Some race, some stroll, some walk alone and some in groups, all at their own pace.

Recently the Still Young at Heart (SYAH) ladies formed a new walking group – the Slow Walkers. Not meant to be a put-down, just a dose of reality to encourage those who might be intimidated by hills, rough terrain, race walkers and being miles from civilization.

The Slow Walkers meet at Playfield Park beneath the Lake Petit dam. It’s a flat track, perfect for strolling at any pace. Once, twice, eight times around the track – all choose what’s best for them.

The walking women meet Monday through Thursday at 1:00 p.m. with rain dates posted on Facebook if Mother Nature throws a curveball. All members of SYAH are invited to participate. Not a member of this active group of over 600 Big Canoe fabulous females? It’s easy to join; just visit the Still Young at Heart Facebook page and sign up. No rules, no agenda, just a variety of activities all planned for fun and fellowship. If you’re not a Facebook follower, contact Sherry Evans at srevans284@gmail.com and get on the email roster for news and events.

Once the group is established as “slow,” another name might be appropriate – Jabberwalkies, Cruisers, Walkie Talkies, Gabberwalkers, Strollers. What’s your choice to be emblazed boldly and proudly on a t-shirt?

Come join this group of roving ramblers. It’s great exercise and a wonderful way to make new friends.

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