Taking the Red Trail – 2016 Tour de Parks Adventure

It’s time to start the 2016 version of Tour de Parks, a walking program I created last year as part of my goal for finishing a 7 week round of Faithful Finish Lines. You can read about my first adventure last year here.

Ground Rules

The Tour de Park rules are simple. I walk one park in North East Ohio every weekend from now until Labor Day. My camera comes with me and I take pictures to share on this blog. It helps keep my mind off the hike and focuses on God’s creation.

Tip Toeing Through The Tulips

Last week I walked the Tulip Trail at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick, OH. I did not choose this trail because of it’s length – 1 mile, but because of it’s hilly terrain. After all I walk a mile every day  so this should be no big deal – (ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!).

I walked this park last year but they were working on the trail when I was there so I took an alternative route that was not as hilly.

This year’s walk started out alright but quickly went downhill – literally and figuratively. It was hillier than I anticipated. If I walked this trail everyday, by summer’s end I would look like a supermodel.

While I was walking it, I noticed the trail I was on was distinguished with red markers. There was another trail that used blue markers. At some point I thought of the movie The Matrix with Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.

In the movie Laurence’s character offers Keanu a choice of taking the blue pill and he goes back to living his life as Mr. Anderson in an artificial world. Or he can take the red pill and all hell will break loose. Of course Keanu’s character Neo took the red pill otherwise there would be no movie.


As I walked the red trail, I kept telling myself the next time – take the blue pill  trail. You do not have to step outside your comfort zone all the time. There really is nothing wrong with playing safe or taking the shorter route every now and then.

I ended up walking 1.86 miles last week stopping and resting at the south end of the park for a very long time before I hiked the paved route back to my car. Thank goodness I brought water with me (Contingo Autoseal bottle) and had some more water and Gatorade in a thermal bag on my car’s front seat.

So the next time I walk Plum Creek Park, it will be the blue trail and I will use a walking stick. I discovered on this hike a walking stick is a must no matter what park I walk.


I did take pictures but since I am using the library’s computer, I will upload them at another time when once again I have my own computer (mine’s sleeping with the fishes) and can afford home phone and internet service.

When You Have A Choice

When you have the choice between taking the red pill/trail or the blue pill/trail, ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and don’t just jump at the chance to take the red pill/trail and step outside your comfort zone.

Here is what happens when you take the red pill trail.


See you in a few weeks. Until then


The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Oh and there were no tulips on the trail, at least not yet.