The back roads and side alleys of St. Augustine, Florida, have their own surprises and charms. This image was placed just in front of my camera as I strolled the park near the lighthouse.

The trip was a “surgery-moon” — a spur-of-the-moment visit to take advantage of a healing left knee and a not-yet surgeried right knee. When both knees are replaced with metal and plastic inserts, you don’t really know if you’ll be able to walk again. And I wanted to walk.

Not hike. Not stroll. But walk. See new things at an easy walking pace. Experience time-worn steps and polished stone streets. Sail on a sloop and ride in a trolley car.

Now that it is now November, three months out, I can walk again. Still unsteady on uneven ground, still limited in the weight that can be placed on healing joints, and still trying to find a comfortable position in bed for a good night’s sleep, but better. The older knee is not as far along as the newer knee.  Stairs are still a challenge. But I think it’s going to work out.

Thank you, Dr. Marty Redish and staff. I appreciate the work you have done for my benefit.