11/01/2021: Cardiff Castle

Today I felt very little motivation to go outside. I almost called it off. I woke up late, and found myself trying to claw back the “lost” time – a fruitless and pointless exercise that only ends in disappointment.

I looked out the window and the same white skies that have been there for the past few days didn’t look to be shifting. I thought, maybe today I’ll have a day off. I’m vaguely aware that if I stop, I may never start up again, though. I also looked at the weather forecast and it’s not looking great for the rest of the week.

This could be my last chance! It was probably also the first time in the last couple of weeks that I felt frustrated not to be able to hop in the car and go somewhere else. I am very much enjoying the challenge of finding local walks, but that desire to travel never really goes away – it just gets pushed aside.

I didn’t feel like I had the time to go on a really long walk to get far enough away from home so as to be “different enough”. My dog didn’t seem to want to go further than the end of the street. She’s probably longing for lazier days too. But, we’re not supposed to travel so it was time to go and see something local – again.

Predictably however – for me at least – as soon as I was out the door I was glad I’d forced myself to go. I don’t think I’ve ever regretted a walk, but I have regretted not getting any fresh air, not leaving the confines of the house and not moving my limbs enough plenty of times. I decided that I’d keep it fairly short by heading to Cardiff Castle, which is pretty close to where I live.

I used to live over the road from it and probably visited it hundreds of times to test various cameras in another life. I can’t remember the last time I went inside, and of course you can’t right now. But there’s nothing to stop you walking all the way around it. It was a reminder of just how massive it is, and how cool it is to have a huge castle right in the middle of the city centre.

My neck has been aching and I think it’s probably due to carrying cameras and lenses on long walks for a few days in succession. So I kept it simple today and only took the Fujifilm X70 and the Google Pixel 5. It felt freer to be moving along without being weighed down and I reminded myself that I don’t need to take much with me on any of these walks, that’s not really the point of them.

There remains at least 20 other different destinations that I haven’t yet been to on my list of “places I can walk to”, so hopefully that momentary longing for further-flung destinations will be parked at the back of my mind for a bit longer.

Maybe I should test my eyesight?

Stats:
Distance – 2.76miles
Time – 1:22

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