DATE CHANGE!!! THE NEW DATE FOR THIS WALK IS AUGUST 17th (rather than the 10th)!!!
We haven't walked at this park in a while - when I went by this week, the construction appears to be finishing up and the lake level is back to normal. This is a shorter walk which will fit well with the heat of August. Please be sure that you're at the Lake Pine Drive entrance to this park --- which is NOT the main entrance. This walk starts at 9:30AM!
We'll be walking the paved greenway that skirts around the lake - starting out counter-clockwise. We'll also shift onto three trail spikes that shift us off of the pavement and onto dirt trails; and shift us into a closer connection with trees and awareness of our steps and stride.
We'll start out with :10 standing/sitting meditation on the grassy dam overlooking the lake; set out on the paved greenway using the painted animal trail markings to bring us back into the here-now with body scans (more about that when we meet); stop for another :10 standing/sitting meditation on the 3rd dirt trail (where the land juts out into the lake - where wind, lake sparkles and sometimes wildlife are amplified); then finish out the walk in silence since this is a short walk. When we return to the parking area, those wanting time to stay in silence/journal can return to the grassy dam or a nearby benches; those wanting to connect with others can gather near the two picnic tables.
Plan on about 1.5 hours for the walk; I'm guess that the total distance is around 2.5 miles. This is a fairly flat walk (an uphill at the start; a downhill at the end) with relatively smooth paved and dirt surfaces.
Here's a map of the park: Apex Community Park