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March 15, 2018

I stopped making new year’s resolutions a long time ago. For me it always ended up being discouraging when I missed, slipped, skipped or failed. I do like the idea of looking at a brand new year ahead and the opportunity of making it a great one. So I have made a list of my positive solutions:

New Year’s Solutions

Say “WELCOME” to every new day in 2014!
More music in my head
More loooooong walks
Laugh ’til I cry
Let it go
Get my “mojo”WRITE, wRiTe, write from the heart as if no one will ever read it.
New Places, New Spaces, New Faces
Make smiles, Reach out, Give back, Share
hug where needed or just because
think and REthink
CREATE
Know I am living a dream
BE CURIOUS
be quiet
just be
peace…

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hope in 2014 that you will

Come Walk With Me!

March 15, 2018

Are excuses getting in the way of sticking with your active lifestyle?

“I’m too tired! I don’t have time! It’s too hot! It’s too cold! It’s too early! It’s too late! I have company! I’m getting company! I have to take the kids to practice! I’m too depressed! I’m celebrating! It hurts! It’s boring! I can’t go because I have to floss my teeth! (Someone really said this to me.) Oh I’ll start on Monday!”

12 ways to help you make it stick:

  • Set short term and long term realistic goals.

  • Plan rewards for when you accomplish your goals.

  • Vary your walk/run/bike route to avoid boredom.

  • Keep a daily log of your activities.

  • Remember all the reasons why you started in the first place.

  • Think about how good you feel after you are active.

  • Keep up your energy: carry healthy snacks with you wherever you go.

  • Keep a pair of athletic shoes in your car, just in case an opportunity to walk arises.

  • Be flexible – have a plan B…or C.

  • Focus on your successes especiall...

March 15, 2018

A Note From Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, Co-founders of The Walking Connection

Since beginning The Walking Connection in 1989, our highest priority has always been the safety and well-being of our guests. We take extraordinary care to research and learn about the places where we plan to travel and how best to ensure safe passage for each and every guest. The places we choose to visit and the paths we choose to walk are not just places where we send people on their own, they are also the roads we travel ourselves, personally.

We will continue to explore our world for all the reasons we each chose to travel in the first place.

As we look at the present and to our future travels, we want you to know that we keep a vigilant eye on the state of the world’s affairs, both at home and abroad. We have and continue to look far beyond the headlines of television news and seek not only what the American news and governmental agencies report, but look to international sources as well as actual current expe...

January 15, 2018

Traveling a very VERY long dry dusty, bumpy road across the desert landscape of Namibia, we came across this man and his son...

Wherever we go whether here at home or some far off place around the world, Gene and I look for opportunities that make a positive impact even if it is as simple as sharing a bottle of water...

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our guide Lukas bridges the culture gap with him being able to speak at least 5 languages -- he was so good I think he could even speak gently to the mules.

Though I don't know how to speak 5 languages, 

I do know there is a language in kindness...

just sayin'.

Finding My Voice As I Go... 

November 28, 2017

After promoting walking as a primary form of exercise for 27 years, I still think it is pretty amazing that we can get so much out of something so simple…and often taken for granted.

All walking benefits your body. Whether you are a racewalker or just casually stroll along, it lifts your spirits and lowers your weight. Some of us like to hike mountains while for others a walk in the neighborhood will suffice. However you walk, fast or slow, many miles or can only squeeze in ten minutes, it is all good with these amazing benefits of walking:

  • Weight Control

  • Body Shaping

  • Cardiovascular Fitness

  • Improved Health

  • Easy On Your Joints

  • Relieves Stress

  • Builds Stronger Bones

  • Improves Posture

  • Reduces Risk Of High Blood Pressure

  • Improves Mood

  • Low Risk Of Injury

  • Enhances Creativity

  • Boosts Energy

AND you can do it almost anywhere!!!

August 30, 2017

Silently slipping through the golden green reeds it seeps away.

I didn't notice at first.

dark blue water - bright blue sky, 

Botswana's winter sun is a gentle touch of warmth.

Awareness teases that something is missing.

the rhythmic swoosh - swoosh - swoosh pauses all outside noise

for a moment...the distraction of life is silenced

TRANQUILITY

(a capsule of my personal experience riding in a mokoro, a traditional canoe, 

on the Okavango Delta in Botswana)

Come Walk With Me!

(Photos by Gene Taylor)

Travel to Botswana....

August 28, 2017

If you were here lounging on your terrace as the sun was setting you would probably be observing a family of elephants coming in to drink at the watering hole below...

If you were here you would be a "happy camper" as you sat out on your private raised platform overlooking the banks of the Khwai River as you listened to the symphony of Africa...

If you were here you would be having a close encounter...

    

  ...but not too close...

You could be here toasting to another great day on safari... 

 BOTSWANA 

CHEERS!!!

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