In a little over two 2 from now, Marcia, Susan and I will participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, as team Udder Chaos. We’ve set a team goal of raising $6,000 for breast cancer treatment and research by then.

Susan and I decided to try out one of their training walks this weekend. I got up at 5:30 for the first time since 1986 — ouch. We met the group at Chrissy Field, near the Golden Gate bridge.

Walking over the Golden Gate was amazing — it was the first time I’d done it on foot. It was an absolutely gorgeous sunny day, with the sun shining on the water. On the other side of the bridge is Sausalito, and hilly landscape looks like the Italian riviera. There were many kinds of wildflowers blooming along the hillsides. We walked to and through the commercial part of Sausalito, then back toward the bridge. There is a network of pretty foot and bike trails by the bridge we hadn’t known about. We walked under the bridge on the way back, and saw this cool and unexpected patchwork pattern.

Walking 12 miles was a little strenuous, and we were definitely feeling some muscle aches, but it was a lot of fun. Apparently the group meets up almost every week; we’ll try to join them.

The event was laid back and friendly, and we enjoyed talking with the other walkers. Some of them had lost close friends and family to breast cancer. It was touching to see their involvement in helping others with the disease. We were excited to be a part of it.

If you’d like to help us reach our $6,000 team goal for helping those with breast cancer, please click through to my personal page, where you can easily donate online. It’s a great cause, and we would truly appreciate your donation.