Great Escape: Into the woods

Shucks, sorry. Can't get a signal on my cellphone here.

There is this precious hour I've found between nudging the last little one onto the school bus and being accountable at work. It’s the time I sneak off for a brisk walk, a guilty pleasure outdoors.

I have a gym membership; my husband will tell you about it. But there is something impulsive and refreshing about slipping out to play. My neighbor Marybeth and I talk about having the feeling we are "getting away with something" when we meet up and hit the trails at beautiful Holmdel Park, for a brisk 45-minute, calorie-burning walk-and-talk.

In dry weather we’ll tackle steep hills and enter the woods, cross a wooden bridge, trudge up and down broad, sun-dappled trails to the little-known marsh walk deep in the woods. We’ll be talking the whole time, about chicken recipes, spelling bees, the job market and raising young girls. Grunting joggers pass us by, and we cross paths with other women in groups of two and three, chatting away on their walking workouts. Without stopping, we flash smiles and wave, complicit in our pact to be unreachable to the world for a short while.


PICK OF THE WEEK: We are lucky to have a New Balance Concept Store in our area, at 688 Broad St, Rt. 35, Shrewsbury. Owner Dorian Grey outfitted my aching feet with my cherished 910s, one of four kinds of lightweight, waterproof and cushiony trail  shoes sold at the store. Price $129.99, but comfort is worth it.

Brian Sullivan February 10, 2011 at 02:37 AM
Christina, I work for the county parks and deal with people such as your every day. Thank you for the write up, it really reminds me of what my job is about- serving the public such as yourself. It never gets old and is a joy.
charlie February 10, 2011 at 07:19 AM
now thats open space--not a tennis court--to each his own


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