Another Sidewalk . . . Uh Road

Who would’ve thought a simple neighborhood walk could be a slice of heaven?

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Then again, when the neighborhood is in Breckenridge, CO, maybe you’d expect it. Since one of my new life pursuits is seeing the world one sidewalk at a time, I couldn’t wait to pound the pavement near the cabin where I stayed with my girl friends a few weeks ago. The trek didn’t disappoint. It was a road, not a sidewalk, but the views were incredible.

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After 25 years in Colorado I can honestly say there is only one other time I’ve seen wildflowers as prolific as they were that week. And these pictures are in town, not even on the mountains trails.

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Of course even in Breckenridge some yards are more cultivated.

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Seeing the world on foot has many benefits. Your skin drinks in the sunshine, which includes vitamin D and helps fight depression. Your body is moving, burning calories and releasing endorphins. Your heart and lungs get a great workout–especially at elevation! And there’s plenty of time to chat with a good friend. The cars whiz by in a hurry, but you are enjoying life, breathing deeply, enjoying the little things.

You also never know when you might bump into someone else’s creativity.

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The great thing about mountain living is a home worth several million can be right next to one where a man can park his dinosaur AND his tractor right by the front door.


My friends and I walked this route several times. Each one revealed something new. Only once did I return wet and cold. So cold, in fact, I couldn’t move my fingers.

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I don’t know where the sidewalk might take you today, but I hope you slip away on your lunch hour or stroll your neighborhood as the sun is sinking. I hope you see something you haven’t noticed before– cool shadows from a skyscraper, a child selling lemonade, a beautiful flower, or the sunlight on leaves. As you walk, take a snapshot with your mind or with your phone. Then tell me about it. I’d love to hear what YOU discover as you burn calories one sidewalk at a time.

Burning calories one sidewalk at a time

If you’re considering walking, check out my friend Marie’s blog. She is the queen of exploring her world on foot and a real inspiration for me.


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8 thoughts on “Another Sidewalk . . . Uh Road

  1. Rosemary July 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Lookiing good Paula!!!

    • Paula Moldenhauer July 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply

      lol, Rosemary. T-shirt is now several sizes too big, but it’s comfy! This pictures was mostly about celebrating the rain.

  2. Amanda O'Connor Replogle July 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Love this post. It is wonderful when we can enjoy CO for the beauty that it is! Continue to pound the pavement and take the photos! 🙂

  3. mariekeates July 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Aw, thanks for the mention! I’m glad reading about my mad walks has got you out there looking for the little things to make you smile. Most of mine seem to be rhino related these days! 🙂

    • Paula Moldenhauer July 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply

      I happened again! Here I am way across the pond leaving you a message at the same time you leave me one! That’s so fun. I’m loving your rhino adventure. Today’s might be my favorite, but I’m not sure. There was a bright pink one I loved, too. BTW, is the church where Rosie is still a functioning church or is it now more of an historical building?

      • mariekeates July 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        The church where Rosie is, St Michael’s is still used as a church. Of the five original churches in the city it is the only one still being used as a church, some are gone, destroyed in the war, one, Holyrood, was destroyed but the shell stands as a monument to sailors of the merchant navy and the French church, St Julien’s is standing but no longer used as a church. We do have lots of other, newer churches though.

  4. Paula Moldenhauer July 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Thanks, Marie! I was really curious. Its history intrigued me, how it kept expanding over the years.

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