Walking. And walking. And walking.

So, here we are. 1095 consecutive (almost) days on this morning walk at Cove Island Park. Like in a row.

And but for Paul pointing it out yesterday, I would have missed this Large milestone. On May 5th, it was 3 years on this daily walk, I mean 3 years, I don’t even need to count the damn days. It’s been 3 years.

And it’s just like DK, not to ponder how he’s changed, what’s changed, and not to reflect upon all the good that’s come out of this….but to focus on the edges of some nonsense. Paul had to remind me. Can you believe that? I’m forgetting a lot of important sh*t, and don’t even know it.

Every 100 feet or so, my hand reaches for the camera, and then gently sets it back to rest on my shoulder. I’m seeing Nothing worthy. All I see, is Same. Been here. Saw that. Done that. Tired of that. Posted that. 1095 days, on the same track, what do you expect?

I walk.

Stewing. Tired. Dragggggging. Wally’s snoozing. Susan will be asleep for another 2 hours. And here I am traipsing around a worn out track.

Mary Louise Kelly’s Act III: “Act III is the one where it dawns on us that there may not be an infinite number of acts, that we’d best get on with making the most of this one. Which prompts a delightful, nerve-racking question or two: What now? What next?”

I walk.

What’s Next? Maybe remembering important sh*t?

I’m on to the next audible book which continues to pump words in my head – so many damn uninspiring words, I tune out pages at a time, lose my way, grab the phone and back it up to replay. And the same uninspired words pump back into my head again a second time. Frustrated, I turn it off.

I walk.

It’s too quiet. I ask Siri to play Bon Iver’s new album. I can tell after the first 3 or 4 bars that Siri has missed it again. By a wide margin. Susan would say, what more evidence do you need to stop mumbling? She’s nagging and she’s not even here. (I’ll pay for this later.)

Siri plays Zac Brown. Siri should know by now that I’m not Country, Hate Country. But rather than yell at Siri, I let it run. Zac Brown’s Toes:

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today, life is good today

Not sure about the cold beer at 5:30 am, but my ass is dragging (almost sand deep) and the tune is catchy —  I let it run, and the chorus seeps in…Life is good today, life is good….

And then, here it comes…

A flock of cormorants racing across The Cove, hovering feet above the water.
Canada Geese overhead in formation.
A family of oh-so white Egrets fishing along the shore line.
An osprey duet circle overhead.
And above the ospreys,
Pearson’s full moon at daybreak. “The kiss of a shadow. A caress as soft as moonlight.

And then, it’s as if Someone taps me on the shoulder and says, “I’m going to give you one last big flashing sign, to SEE.

Minutes pre-sunrise, the sky turns, the water turns, and the color palettes light it all up.

I unstrap my backpack, and set it down on the bench.
I set my camera down.
And set my as* down on the same bench.
The first time in 3 years, I’ve taken a moment to sit on one of the 20+ benches in this park.

And, I sit. And I look out over the horizon.

Mary Louise Kelly from It. Goes. So. Fast:

So much of life depends on what we choose to see…
So much of life—so much—depends on what we choose to see.

Happy 3rd Anniversary DK.

Thank you Cove Island Park.

Notes: DK Photos from this morning’s walk here.


  1. Congratulations on the milestone….and pausing to be in the moment, if only for a few minutes. I recall going to our daughters HS volleyball games, shooting hundreds of pictures, but missing their games. I regret being there, but not being in the moment. Toes is a great story and was one of my favorites when my band covered it, 7-8 years ago. Keep going DK.

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  2. Wow, you sat down! It always comes when you have your eyes open and doubts crowding in, in spite of your anxious worrying and waiting.

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  3. About damn time.

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  4. Love this insight and shift 💐🙏💛

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  5. Definitely need to celebrate this milestone, and the universe chose to honor you with its highest of accolades. The sun was beginning to smile and the birds were flying with their usual artistry – and they all conspired to make you sit. Happiest of blogging anniversaries David – thank you for sharing your morning musings (and all other musings) with us…

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  6. We all need a reminder! Congrats on three years of running in the early morning.

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  7. Forgetting may be a gift — it will make room for the NEW Importants! I’m so glad you sat down and just took it all in! Happy 3rd Cove Anniversary!

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  8. I remember the first day! They have all been good even when you don’t notice it.

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  9. Hi David.

    Congrats on three years!

    Please don’t be hard on yourself. You are wonderful just the way you are.

    The fact that you experienced a few minutes of being “in the present moment“ this morning is a beautiful thing.

    Each of us has to decide how much time we want to invest in studying and practicing mindfulness. It is not unlike learning any other skill in life, like learning to write poetry or learning to play a musical instrument. It’s a never ending process…

    You know all of this.

    All you have to do now is to decide how much of an “investment“ is right for you.

    Namaste, Peace, and Blessings to You!
    – Paul


  10. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is what I call tenacity and consistency!! … “So, here we are. 1095 consecutive (almost) days on this morning walk at Cove Island Park. Like in a row.”

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  11. This post has motivated me to refocus on mindfulness as well… So it’s a win-win! Thanks for your wonderful blog, Dave. It really is very special!


  12. I think the D in DK must be for “dedication.”


  13. Love this post on so many levels, pal. Your relentless dedication to getting this walk in, day after day, year after year. Your efforts to sift the wheat from the chaff in each of these days, recognizing (sometimes a bit later than you would like, clearly) that there is magnificence to be found in even the (seemingly) mundane. Your willingness to take the time to parse your thoughts and photos and share them with all of us, who invariably walk away a bit richer for the experience. Much to celebrate here. Happy anniversary, pal.

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  14. Thanks for the beauty and the sharing and the honesty! Remember that you are the author and dramatist of Act. lll !

    [I had such a different morning from yours or any of mine: drove up to my “Victory Garden” plot to check it out, and filled a wheelbarrow with compost, weeded some healthy weeds in the 4 corners, then dumped compost in the corners, to be ready for future prep and planting, etc. Then home to lead a group zoom!]

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  15. Waving gratitude for your 1095 days/3 years in a row! ❤️

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  16. Thanks so much for bringing me along.  I “met” you

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  17. I just remembered (speaking of memory…) when we previously discussed the three year mark. Quite sure I mentioned it when you hit 1000 days. 🙃

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  18. Christie says:

    “I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today, life is good today”

    Dedicated, Tall Man…toes in smart wool socks, cozy…
    each step in those North Face boots, leads to Splendor…
    He occasionally, stops long enough to adjust his zipper of his Columbia jacket…Today, he Sits down to enjoy & snap away…and then his mind drifts to heading home, as he thinks about so many awe inspiring early morning at the Cove…he walks…greets the ever faithful black BMW SUV…which sheltered him from internal damage when the tree on the freeway fell…and we’re all thankful that the damage didn’t stop him…for He is a
    Dedicated, Tall Man…striving for His Personal Best…today he reached: “1095 consecutive (almost) days on this morning walk at Cove Island Park. Like in a row.” A True Gift to All of US who sit back, reading your posts…He starts the engine and realizes he should celebrate…on His way home, he detours…into Palmer’s Market parking lot…in he goes and out he comes with a small bag with a few pints of Talenti one of which is mint choc. chip…sits in cars…asks Siri to pull up… Stevie Ray Vaughan’s, Rivera Paradise, as Life from the Cove is Paradise…

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  19. Sawsan says:

    In so many ways, it feels like yesterday, in so many other ways, it feels like you have been doing this forever.

    It has been a delight to tag along on this magic ride.
    Thank you, DK.
    Cheers 🍻


  20. Thank you for the beautiful reminders! I love this post.

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