"What?!," asked my pre-teen daughter, "we are what?"
"Getting up a bit earlier and walking to school," I said. "October 5th is National Walk-To-School Day."
"You've got to be kidding."
My daughter normally takes the bus to a magnet school that is--according to Google--2.7 miles from our house. Walking allows for a cut through public park land--according to Google Maps 2.3 miles and an estimated 50 minutes.
When she heard that fresh croissants from a bakery on the way could be part of the picture, the kid came around.
We took off in perfect walking weather. It was a crisp, sunny morning in the Washington DC suburbs. A low sun and the first turned leaves where showing off the beauty of early fall. Cheerfully chatting, my daughter stomped on.
We passed neighbors walking their dogs, a couple of bikers on the Rock Creek Trail, the horses at Meadowbrook Stables, a bridge over Rock Creek (check out my cell phone pictures here!), and--of course--the legendary Brookville Market.
"Mom," she said when we were getting close to the school, "this morning was real fun."
She made sure to walk the last fifty yards by herself. I stayed back with the other few embarrassing moms and dads that had walked their kids to school.
We were all in a great mood.