After a week of thinking about it, I finally found time for the Worldwide WP 5k. My car-free life involves a considerable amount of walking, and I very much wanted to join in and support an activity that promotes to physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Choosing my 5k route was easy: two laps around the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the reservoir provided drinking water for Boston. While technically still a backup water source, the reservoir now serves as a recreation spot, an ideal way to enjoy nature in the midst of city life. It’s not a true escape, with the sights and sounds of traffic, trolley lines, and college life always evident. Sadly, even a funeral procession passed by earlier today. But the water, trees, and wildlife (mostly squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, geese, and, in the summer, turtles) contribute to creating a convenient and refreshing setting for connecting with the natural world.
While the cloudy skies failed to brighten the colors of the trees, the near-peak autumn foliage still added to the beauty of the scene.
The purpose of this 5k was to promote a healthy lifestyle, but of course there’s always room for unexpected treats. While walking home after my 5k, I encountered two young girls spending their Sunday selling cupcakes. I wanted to help them out, but I also felt that I had earned one!