I am so thankful I live where I do, beside a tranquil remnant of the original landscape, where I feel safe enough to walk the trails and appreciate the views at any time of day or night. It’s a Janus park; one side facing the city and the other looking at farms and forest and a range of hills. Of course, there is always some element of risk since branches do fall with great frequency and cougars have been known to visit but overall, it is pretty safe. As far as the human element goes, the park’s trails are patrolled by the neighboring dog owners, and a few others like myself and it is simply just not used by anyone else. So I am able to wind my way through the looping trails not worrying much about immediate danger, but instead having the luxury to ponder some ideas that may or may not lead to something to write about.