I just bought a new zoom lens for my camera, so I had to bring along my lovely canon, you never know when something fabulous will appear.
My walk was a little incline, a lot of decline, and a fair amount of flat walking. The total distance ended up being 3.699 miles, which was a great distance for a Sunday morning. If you ever walk for fun, you MUST check out Gmaps Pedometer. Very helpful! You can map every bit of your walk. Like when you have to cross over a freeway overpass and you walk towards it and then realize you are on the wrong side of the street from the sidewalk, so you have to backtrack and go back to the crosswalk.
The first thing I realized is that this was a really bad idea. There's about a mile long period on the path where there is no sidewalk and at one point, I was actually walking in a ditch because the traffic was just too much and I was creating a traffic hazard. When Andrew was learning to drive, we called this stretch of road: The Challenge Route. It's curvy, there's no shoulder, people go way too fast and at night, it's super dark. I should have remembered these issues....but I was just excited to get walkin'....until I was fearing for my life for a mile...but it made me walk faster, so I guess that's good.
Here's a pic from part of the road where there is a fair amount of shoulder, but shows how non-pedestrian-friendly this street is:
|This mailbox is newer - there's an old broken one in the ditch behind it. If you're replacing your mailbox, why would you leave the old one?? No good.|
There's a small park off the main road where I found a field of these white flowers with three-petals. I don't think I've ever seen this kind before....they are probably something really rare. Maybe a new flower I just discovered...
This was the view once I left the scary no-sidewalk portion of the walk. Yay for sidewalks!
Note the house on the left and prepare for a rant.
According to Zillow, another favorite website, this particular house was listed for sale a few years ago for a million dollars. Seriously...a million dollars-for a house full of windows that is on a corner of a busy street and has about 20 feet from the neighboring house-which also has a ton of windows. So you have all this great potential for wonderful natural lighting, but if you open your blinds, your view is your neighbors living room/kitchen/bedrooms or a busy main road. Puke. Excessiveness without intelligence - a sad aspect of our society (and my newest favorite phrase).
Here's a closer view of the window dilemma:
|Wouldn't this be great up on a hillside on a 4 acre plot of land that overlooks some natural wildlife? Perfect, right??|
The high school was on my path and it has a long row of these beautiful pink trees that line the road:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this porch. I love the pillars, with the half bricks, and I ultra-love the striped look. I drive by this house at least once a week and wish I could move this porch to my house. LOVE it.
I love moss. I know some people don't, and maybe there is a reason for it...but I love the look of it. When my parents came to visit one time, my dad was in the backyard and said to me: you can buy some moss killer for that area, you just sprinkle it on and it will kill it overnight. And I replied: do I need to kill it?? I like it. And he just laughed at me, so I'm not sure what the answer is - but until I find a reason why it's bad, I just enjoy it growing around the backyard tree. I passed by this retaining wall covered with moss - love it. Don't love how the picture turned out, but love the moss.
So that was my Sunday in my City - thanks for following along!
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