By Sarah Schrock

Whether it is listening to the birds with coffee, hitting the lanes at lap swim, or weeding the garden, taking advantage of the cool summer mornings can’t go without mention as the fleeting morning sun begins to dip lower towards the horizon.

Yes, it’s true, the daylight is already fading. But walkers are still out in full force throughout town in the early morning to escape the brutal heat of the day and take advantage of the inviting morning air.

Zombie enthusiasts, don’t get too excited — these are living, breathing walkers, not corpses roaming town. Recently, during the 6 a.m. hour, up on Lookout Mountain Road, I saw at least four separate parties of walkers. This is only notable because, in the past decade of frequently running this road, I have rarely seen anyone except Bill White along with a few turkeys and pigs at his farm along the road.

As creatures of habit, some of these walkers routinely repeat set loops and courses daily. Carmi Salas and Kristi Moore are among the early morning walkers frequently looping through town to get their bodies moving before the hustle of the day. I recently stopped Mel Engleke along his daily route. Attributing walking to feeling good and making it part of his daily life, Mel stated that he has a 3-mile route through town that he walks daily unless he’s out on a hike. Similarly, I see many familiar faces like Bonny Stephens walking a set route through town daily.

There’s something comforting about seeing the same people out walking each day, and their habitual ritual of the morning walk creates a sense of community. Years ago, when my son was toddler, Annie Filer had a daily route that went by my house. He would see her through our window each day and enthusiastically greeted her, often chasing her down the street. He and Annie developed a special friendship based on her daily commitment to walking. Annie has since changed her route, but this frequent face-to-face interaction was an important bonding opportunity for both parties to develop an intergenerational relationship. One that often doesn’t come until grandparenthood.

Speaking of grandparenthood, there’s a visible number of grandparents in the valley who are helping with summer child care. I see them at the pool, park and yes — out walking baby strollers. At the bakery, Renda Grim recently shared with me her enthusiasm for being a grandma once again. Renda’s son Robert and daughter-in-law Cory Bourne recently welcomed their daughter Vesper Viola Grim, born April 2 in Brewster. Renda, beaming with pride and praise of her “perfect” grandbaby, stated she is thrilled to take care of Vesper three days a week all year long, as her other grandkids Colton and Trent Skelton are much older now.

Grandparents and caregivers of any age might want to know about upcoming summer reading programs at the Twisp Library. On Tuesday (July 18) at 11 a.m., Elisa Kleven will do a mixed media art project with kids, and Super Science Guy Bob from the Chelan PUD will be here on July 25 to light up the audience with his energy show.


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