It had to be in the mid 60s today when we started out and made it ideal walking conditions. We couldn't figure out why everything seemed more green today,, maybe it was the cooler weather, but sometimes the landscape was just stunning. We did find out what the white flowers bloom out in the fields. Turns out they are a wild radish plant that is actually on the evasive plants. On days like today, the walk definitely takes longer because there is so much to see. Today we saw the herons up in a tree, a nutria taking his swim, and a downy woodpecker. If it wasn't for Barb, we would have never spotted it. She heard it first, and we were able to get a close look, but the camera was too slow to capture the picture.
Wow, tomorrow is the last day of the month. Pretty soon we won't be able to walk on the protected paths. Another day in paradise.
It was perfect when we got there, it had to be in the low 70s, but it did get warm by the end of the walk. 161 walkers showed up for today's event. Regina even put a few brush strokes on their new mural, but we missed getting a shot of it. Because of the great turnout, it was hard to finish the walk with all of the talking and catching up. We had to see Ric's new license from Washington (he's moving to Port Townsend), we had to stop and see what was new with Britt and Carmella, and of course, every week we get to meet more and more walkers, new and seasoned. In fact today, Dan, one of our newer Merrywalkers, brought along a friend, Ann, and she joined our group at lunch. Lunch was pretty good too. We were able to stop by and try out their local bakery and some of us even broad a loaf home for dinner.. You did a great job Regina and all of the other workers. I did hear every year they will be alternating with the Art Fair.
Today we had 31 walkers doing the 10 km and 3 doing the 5 km. The weather and route were great. The 10 km walk started from McMenamins (Rams Head) and went across the bridge over Burnside with great views of the city. We then went to the Park blocks and Portland State to enjoy the shaded parks and trees. After going to Portland State camus we took pathways to the waterfront. We walked along the waterfront for a long ways enjoying the parks and river before going back to the finsih. I modified the way back so that those who parked at Good Sam only did 10 km as well as those that parked at McMenamins only did 10 km.
We had lunch at Beau Thai but they gave everyone a great salad with a very light dressing to start their meal. Good food and Good conversation followed. --Dick
What an incredible walk... Portland at it's finest! The water front showed an visitor's why we love our city of Portland. Large turnout today made for everyone to catch up on past & present walks. Loved the blue skies, bridges, animals, exercise & just an amazing walk that included so much! Thank You!!! --Starr**
Everyweek we are out there we are trying to some of the trails that are only open in the summer. About half of the group takes off and does the 5k, while the rest of us do about 1 or 2k. When it's really hot, we almost have to stick to the shaded areas, but with this wonderful cool weather we can see things we don't usually see in the winter months. As far as wildlife, we did spot the eagle out there next to his nest, but there were herons and ducks flying in and out of the water most of the time.
The white wildflowers look so beautiful especially the abundance of white with a little lavender laced inbetween. They cut down the grasses this week, so I think the walkers suffering from allergies had a bit of relief.
Birthday parties are always fun and this was no exception. Today we were introduced to another charming town in Washington. Who would have known about the cute shops, beautiful homes, nice gardens and what a lovely downtown. Over 200 walkers came out to celebrate today. Congratulations!
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En route to Seward, breakfast was in Anchor Point,AK (the furthest westerly point in the US). Today’s first walk explored the former Russian village of Ninilchik with the domes of its Russian Orthodox Church. The views of the ocean, small Russian village, the old church on top of the hill, and lots of EAGLES. (Very cool walk indeed). Then a quick stop for lunch (I had a salad with lots of fresh fruit/vegetables and CRAB); then further up the peninsula to the walk in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. That walk had a beautiful lake, and forest trails (visitors center was neat too). Our hotel for the night is located in Seward, an-free port on Resurrection Bay in a setting of great beauty, surrounded bystark ice fields and lush mountains (one being Mt Marathon, very steep mountain that people race up and down to beat record times) . As most of the interesting dinner locations were at the 1/2 walk point of the 5km walk ... did the Seward City walk (stopping at gift shops, the pier to watch the professionals cut the catches of the day ... salmon and halibut) and had dinner at the Chinook restaurant (nice view of the bay) had pan-fried HALIBUT and SALMON chowder. (mmmm, was so-oo-o good). Then finished the walk (ending at the hotel), happy to be down ... but wishing the fun didn't have to end (just because I needed sleep). --Angela
Homer is an artistic bustling community, also known for its excellent halibut and salmon fishing. The first walk took us along the Beluga Slough (beach environment with mountains in the background) which connects Beluga Lake to Cook Inlet. The walk ended at the Island & Ocean Visitor Center. Our second walk is a panorama-packed geographic tightrope along what is known as Homer Spit, a long narrow bar jutting out into Kachemak Bay. There we witness the success of the day’s catch (halibut) as boats came back to the dock. Lunch was at a cute fish place (I enjoyed a HALIBUT sandwich). Then off to the Pratt Museum (for some interesting culture learning); a meander through town (back to the balcony view room). Then we all had dinner together at the Homestead Restaurant ... where two members of our group (who defected from the walking actives of the day) told us all about their halibut fishing boat tour they just finished in time for dinner. Sounded so good, wish I had gone (but the walks were really good too.) For dinner chose ... prime rime, shrimp linguine, and smoked/barbecued salmon. I had SALMON, and the Smokey Bay Breaze drink ... loved them both, desert was ice cream (with an eatable flower). A perfect ending to a perfect day.-- Angela
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