We walk for the exercise and for the quiet time we have. It gives us something to plan for and we even catch up on ideas and plan outings. I find I miss her when I walk alone, and I don't walk as fast without her. I can hear her laughing at this.
Except for longer walks, I don't carry a pack or even water. We are in-and-out so quickly, it really doesn't matter. We get back to the car and hydrate on the way home.
The other trail is along a power line system and has almost no shade. While we can walk it quicker without using the car, it just doesn't seem the same. I save this one for walking in cooler weather or for bicycling because I am usually moving faster and going further. I can cross the Interstate highway on a pedestrian bridge and pick up that first rail trail to follow it to the end and back for a 20+ mile bike trip.
Both trails have a way of grounding us and helping us handle life's stress. We like them!
I am so lucky to live in such a nice area with such wonderful trails!