I ran into the Queen of England on the Green Circle recently.
At least I think it was The Queen. Y’know, the one with the little corgi dogs who have the run of the kingdom, because they’re Royal with a capital “R” and I’m definitely not.
That’s “not” with a lower-case “not on your piddly little life, peasant.”
But there were two corgis, right on the groomed cross-country skiing trail, being walked by The Queen Her Own Self.
Many faithful Gazette readers know the TV listings are now gone. When Gazette managing editor Nate Enwald and I first talked about this column, he mentioned that at least for a few weeks, I could write up to 1,500 words if I wanted. It would help fill the void when those listings faded to black.
Footbridge over the Eau Claire River, Marathon County
I keep waiting for Nate to tell me to tap the brakes, but the last time I checked he said I should keep the pedal down. That means, because it’s that time of year, I’m writing 1,500 words of thanks.
First things first: I’m thankful for the opportunity to do this column, meaning much appreciation goes to the people at the Gazette, a locally owned publication that covers real local news with local folks.
I’m writing for two reasons. I love to write, and I love to get outside. I don’t do either one enough, but the Gazette encourages me to do both.
And here’s a point of gratitude that needs to be right out front. I’m thankful for the life and work of Gazette co-founder George Rogers, who I never met and who passed away in 2013, but whose influence on the community and on people’s love for the outdoors was clearly enormous.