Writings from the walk

Gratitude

Gratitude

I’ll be the first to say it. Sometimes, it’s pretty hard to have gratitude. But then there comes the day when you realize how lovely a flower is or how wonderful your children really are then you realize how important it is.

Making our way through Massachusetts and hitting our first big city, Boston was eye awakening. Moving from Maine’s beautiful blueberries to the bustling brilliance of Boston was a huge stress and not something we considered when planning for our journey. Let alone the possibility of blistering lesions on my head, hurting hair and a swollen eye.

Resilience

Resilience

Weeks 3-4. I was going to write about gratitude this week but things have turned out otherwise and this week has been about survival and being resilient.

We are out of Maine and I can summarize the experience in one word! Hard. Perhaps this is why we only saw one person in a wheelchair during the whole journey on the road. Life Down East is clearly difficult and that is reflected in the sparse population. There is also vast difference between the state around the town of Ellsworth-where you take the road to Mt. Desert, the island where Bar Harbor and the main part of Acadia are located and further south. This is reflected in socioeconomic status, in that there are bigger, more upkept homes, many more businesses and a significantly greater population.

Hope

Hope

This past week has been one filled with hope. Just when my leg was the worst and it was cold, dark and pouring rain, we got to Searsport, Maine where we were fortunate to stay at the Historic Homeport Inn. We walked into an entrance filled with the aroma of freshly baked pecan spins with maple glaze and were quickly greeted by Anita, co-owner and a meticulous hostess.

Understanding

Understanding

Its been a week since our walk started and we’ve gone 100 miles. Already, I feel like we are behind because I missed writing a blog last weekend and I promised myself I would do so every week. But I broke my computer and lost a ton of work since I got to the point where I didn’t want to keep it in One Drive. And now I have to use Craig’s computer. Hence, starting today and it’s probably ok. But I feel guilty. What does that say about me? I guess, it’s time to cut myself a break and stop being so demanding. . . . Maybe with other people too?

Canada To Key West, 2,500-Mile Urban Hike Kicks Off to Highlight How Extreme Weather is Affecting Persons with Disabilities

Canada To Key West, 2,500-Mile Urban Hike Kicks Off to Highlight How Extreme Weather is Affecting Persons with Disabilities

Marcalee and Craig Alexander embark on a journey of walking the entirety of the east coast to raise awareness for people with disabilities, speaking at major city landmarks and universities – join the movement and sponsor today!

Learning from other species

Learning from other species

At the beginning of this month, I was fortunate to travel to Belize and go on my first ever “live aboard” on the Aggressor 3. For those of you who don’t know what a live aboard, is-it’s basically scuba diving camp!

We're All In This Together

We're All In This Together

Tomorrow is 4 months to the start of Canada to Key West Journey and I'm very grateful for the encouragement and support that I have already received from old and new friends. Every day I realize more and more about why I am doing this when I experience and hear about weather extremes.

Finding your dharma

Finding your dharma

It's taken me almost 58 years and I'm still trying to figure out what I will be when I grow up. I suspect I'm not the only one that feels this way. I've been a doctor for most of my life and I've been a mother and wife. I've tested the waters of academics and business and not laid low enough.

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