I think it was around 4th grade, when I was about 9 or 10. Looking out on gmaps, my typical walking route was about 1.2 miles through the main streets. Most of the times I walked home with my 2 friends at the time. And then later on, we ended up experimenting walking on an off path along the town's lagoon, which we found to be a much more enjoying walk. It's filled with ducks and geese along the path, so we will usually mess around scaring ducks and throwing rocks into the lagoon along the way. Also backyards with opened fencing will face the path, so lots of the neighbor dogs will come along to the fence to greet us, where we will pet and rub some of them. Good times and memories. But it was windy so it was about 2 miles instead. I remember end up going home later because of it and my mom getting really upset and suspicious about it after I've been doing it for almost half of the school year, so I stopped and I ended up resuming the usual route on the main streets. While my two other friends kept at the lagoon path.
Ironically now, since I've moved back into the same neighborhood, that very path is part of my usual running and dog walking route.
The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.
Enjoy any good things, even the little and menial ones, as you will never know what impending distresses could descend upon you in a moment.