Walking in the Rain

According to my sister in spirit, Red of the M3 fame, we might have discovered the secret of eternal youth. Yes, it is true good works and a good drenching seems to be the two key ingredients necessary! Of course, perhaps it was the cold the really truly unbelievable nearly 40 degree below my norm cold that added to my youthful enthusiasm to walk 5K for a good cause.

This weekend Red and I made our way from our respective Southern climes (think warm) to the great northlands of Minnesota, Duluth to be precise. What the hell? You would be right to ask, good question. It was all for a good cause. Duluth has certainly failed to make the transition to summer I will tell you, however even had it been colder than it was at 47⁰ I would have still bundled my happy ass up and shown up.

I met Kim Robinson of My Inner Chick via blogging; she is a spectacular woman with a loud and wonderful voice. On May 26, 2010 her sister Kay was murdered by her then estranged husband, since that time Kim has been an postcard picture2activist voice against Domestic Violence in Duluth. Every year to raise money and awareness the Kay Marie Sisto Memorial Walk / Run / Roll to End Domestic Violence is held. This year we showed up and the man who received Kay’s lungs, with his family did as well. I suspect for Kim and her family this was far more meaningful, Mr. Dean lives on, reached out to Kim and the rest of the family to say thank you for his life and now is walking to honor Kay (you can see some of the interviews in the links below).

The walk was held on June 1, 2013, the first day of summer. The temperature in Dallas that day was 89⁰, my kind of day. On the other hand, the temperature in Duluth did not rise above 51⁰; you would have a hard time convincing me it got that warm. We arrived, without much difficulty at the park and collected our wonderful goody bags, hugged Kim and prepared for our walk. I had my camera with me knowing I would be walking slowly, might as well take advantage of the nature trail. Kim told us last year it was raining, with a glance at the sky and the hanging cloud cover I thought, “hmmm, wonder if it won’t start again this year.” I kept this thought to myself, no need to curse the walk and walkers before we get started.

Runners up first, after speeches and the bell ringing off they go. Next up are the walkers, we were the last to leave; no sense holding people up with our slow selves. The trail was a real nature trail, beautiful but uneven and for me a bit of a challenge. Never mind, it was a good walk for a great cause, I continued to say this to myself with each uneven step. We made it to the comfort station and they had Reese’s Peanut butter Cups! This was the halfway point, I was I admit proud of myself. We took a quick comfort break then continued on.

What do you think was next on our walk? Nearly to the end, we could see it truly, people were turning the corner at this point. Oh yeah, the dreaded first drops of rain. I wasn’t wrong those clouds had been full of rain and were just waiting for us to be all the way at the end before opening up. The return walk was miserably cold and wet, uneven footing, drenching cold rain and just a bit of a wind to insure that cold went through to your skin and bones.

Never mind, it was for a good cause! I am so glad I did this. Below are some of the pictures I took during the Duluth trip hope you enjoy!

Bridge view from hotel morning of walk.

Bridge view from hotel morning of walk.

Sunk in bay, note the fog

Sunk in bay, note the fog

Mr. Dean, having rung the bell for Kay

Mr. Dean, having rung the bell for Kay

Anyone guess how hard this was for me?

Anyone guess how hard this was for me?

Red before the rain

Red before the rain

A burst of Spring

A burst of Spring

View of the River

View of the River

My reward from Kim

My reward from Kim

The fabulous Kim of My Inner Chick fame

The fabulous Kim of My Inner Chick fame

I will post a couple of more on this trip, there is more to tell. It was a great trip.

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Michigan-Man-Walks-in-Honor-of-Woman-who-Saved-h-209798561.html

http://fox21online.com/news/video/kay-sistos-memory-lives-many-ways

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52070890#.UatCqUC-2uI

http://www.northlandrunner.com/run?page=Race&raceId=285

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/198945/group/scrapbook/

Comments

  1. Val, that is so cool that you and Red were able to go on the walk for Kay. I’m sure it meant a lot to Kim to have you there. Nice!

  2. Cheers to your effort for a good cause and for gathering with bloggers … well, and for your bravery regarding weather outside of your norm. 😉

  3. What a wonderful story Val…and amazing that out of the tragedy Kim has created such joy and love and determination to make things better. you all sound amazing… congratulations…

    • It is a wonderful outpouring of love and support, this walk. I was so happy to be there, despite the rain and cold. I think I might make this an annual event.

  4. Wonderful! Good for you and Red — and for Kim and Mr. Dean. What a terrific way to remember Kim’s sister.

  5. hey Val,
    You are still wonder woman to me. I think it is great that you went there in the cold to suport a good cause. Sometimes when it is cold outside, you sort of forget about it when you have enough distractions. Hope you had plenty of them Love you Lady.

    • Thank you Tom, love right back at you (see my comment). I will find, never when it is cold do I forget it is cold. I whine, bitch, moan and generally cringe a great deal. But it was still a fabulous cause and a wonderful trip!

  6. Sounds like a great trip, good cause and with nice people – a day well spent, me reckons 🙂

    • It was indeed, despite the cold, fog and rain it was truly remarkable and wonderfully fun.

      I love when I can do things like this. Stay tuned for more.

  7. You do know I hope no one has one of us drowned rat style? *grins*
    xxx

  8. What a wonderful thing … a little cold is good for the soul, especially when the cause is so good.

  9. Loved seeing YOU and Red. What a delight you both are. I have a lovely of us at Little Angies. You are both ADORABLE.
    THANK YOU so much for walking in the rain, your support, and your beautiful selves! Xxxxx LOVE.. Always.
    Kim
    how were the cookies?

    • Send pics!!

      I was so happy to finally meet you! To meet Kay’s sons and also to meet the rest of your family and some of your friends. I feel so priviledged.

      The cookies? The cookies made the cold and the rain worth it 😉

      Kidding, supporting you and the walk made it all worthwhile, schedule permitting I will be back next year (could you please arrange for better weather).

  10. Heartbreaking story.
    Wow, such a long way to participate in a good cause. I never mind walking but the rain makes me want to run away–the damp and cold and shivering. Ugh. Bravo for persevering, Valentine. I look forward to more.

    • It is heartbreaking. Each story terrible, this one made more so because I have grown to love Kim so dearly. Now I have met the young men Kay left behind, they are wonderful as well.

      It was a lovely trip, a lovely walk, a great cause and though I don’t love rain I was still smiling at the end of it.

  11. My godfather died at the top of a lung transplant list, so I wept reading about this bit of good come from tragedy. It is awesome that you flew out and walked in support and, greedily, that I got to experience a little of it thanks to you. Thank you on many counts.

    • We had dinner with Kim, her family, Kay’s sons and the Dean family Friday night. It was such fun to meet them all. I am glad you enjoyed our walk with us, more to come of the trip, it was wonderfully fun. It was marvelous to meet so many people focused on such a great cause, one that is close to my heart.

  12. Sounds like your having a great trip…well deserved. Looking forward to seeing more photos in the future.

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