Ellie Cook retired as a Gazette writer and editor in 2011, after 23 years with the paper. For several years, she wrote a Gazette column titled "Walking the Beat," of which this blog is a continuation. She walks daily in almost all weather (though she does have a car) and writes about what she sees. She is a yoga teacher at several area studios and is on Twitter @elliecookwalks. Email her to suggest a walk-by for her blog.