Apparently, I like taking on challenges. I’ve challenged myself during this sabbatical year to learn more and engage with Tyler Arboretum, I’ve challenged myself to blog about my experiences at Tyler – and now, I’m challenging myself to walk 100 miles in the month of September for Alex’s Lemonade Stand (with the help of the Scenic Loop!) for the Million Mile Run.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand has started a challenge to “go the distance to find a cure for childhood cancer.” Typically, their fundraisers and awareness events focus on the traditional lemonade stand. But for the month of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month), the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is asking everyone to walk and/or run one million miles (collectively, not individually!).
So my husband and I signed up as team GK United to do our part and accept the team challenge of getting 100 miles to contribute to the total. My husband walks a couple of miles each day just to get back and forth to work, so I needed to find my walking spot to get my miles to reach our goal. I could not think of a better place to walk than Tyler Arboretum!
I’m starting with the Scenic Loop, Tyler’s ADA accessible trail I know I will not get bored with anytime soon. I have walked the trail several times, and today I was finding even more to look at. I noticed I was joined by butterflies and found some different species of caterpillars crawling across the paved path (the earthworms – not so successful on their journeys). Even this little guy (about 3 inches long) to the left was on the path – and would not move out of my way! It was fun to see other visitors enjoying the Loop, including crossing paths with one of my fellow faculty members from Penn State Brandywine.
Since the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is asking us to track our miles, I pulled out my GPS watch (a Garmin Forerunner 305) and started tracking my distance, starting from the Visitor Center. I found out that if I start at the Visitor Center, walk towards the pond to pick up the Scenic Loop and start to the right on the trail, keeping Fort Tyler on my left side… I can do two laps on the Scenic Loop and head back to the Visitor Center to complete a total of 2.5 miles. Next time, I’ll swing through the Rhododendron Garden to add a little more distance (and an excuse to spend more time outdoors!). Hopefully, I’ll see other people trying to get to a million miles on the trail as well.