Yesterday as I went to walk, I opted again for Lamar Park. It was a little earlier than I had been walking, so still a good deal of sun on the trail. I decided to take the path I had never traveled, on the far side of the lake. Lamar Park was formerly part of the Oxford Country Club, just across the highway from the University of Mississippi. There are old growth trees, and beautiful houses surrounding the park, and what I presume was the former golf course. I have been unable to locate anything more specific other than a 1965 article that described a tournament being held at the new and only partially completed University golf course and the “near-by” Oxford Country Club golf course. The UM course is northeast of Lamar Park. The entrance to this housing area is still named Country Club Road, as is the road that runs along side the park. This trail also gave me a view of houses I had never seen before, which would originally have fronted onto the golf course.
As I topped the first little ridge, I saw a small group of geese. Canadian geese are among the bird species who occupy the park year round. Did you know a gaggle of geese only refers to when they are on the ground? If flying, they are called a skein. I had wondered why I saw no ducks or geese around the lake on prior walks, and now I knew–the trail on that side of the lake is …ahem…well-marked with goose droppings. They were not particularly concerned with my presence and continued on about their business of feeding and pooping. Apparently (in another of the “did you know” category) Canadian geese poop about every 20 minutes and can produce up to 1.5 pounds in a day. Tuck that away in case Jeopardy ever has a category for that topic.
Most of this section of the trail was in shade and it was a most relaxing and enjoyable walk. I circled around and returned to the other side as there was one more sculpture I wanted to photograph.
This was my “best” ever walk (since beginning to use the walking app) and I set a personal record for distance, time, and steps and the resulting calories burned. It was hard work, but also very uplifting and reinforcing, reminding me of why I am doing this: ain’t ready yet.