Friday, December 07, 2012
A Virgin A Day #7
At last I visited the place that had been calling to me for months. Sometime during the summer, the university started building a long-term project called California Pathways. It is the brainchild of Dr. Wayne Pierce, one time biology professor at CSU Stanislaus. Eventually, there will be areas representative of California geography and native plants around the campus.
From the road, I could see the pathway and benches that had been set in place. What I didn't know about was the fountain, the creek, and the pond at the end of this first segment of the Pathway. What an unexpected surprise AND so peaceful as well.
The pathway is 3/10 of a mile. There is a bridge crossing the creek half way through directing one's walk to the other side of the creek and ending at the pond. In between are small signs honoring individuals who donated a tree, a shrub, a bench, and of course, the bridge.
I thought about it for a while and then realized that this would be the perfect place to encounter our Mother with a Rosary as I walked. Two round trips gave me a walk of about 1 1/4 miles - a good start for someone out of shape (like ME).
At the end of my walk today, I was given a little reward for my effort and decision for a daily walk - this small leaf fossil, an echo of the leaf that drifted onto the wet cement and left an eternal image of itself, much as our Blessed Mother leaves her image in surprising places.