The East County Wind Walkers hit us with a triple whammy today!
We had 6 miles of spectacular trees, a Teddy Bear Parade & a Farmer's Market.
Something for everyone to enjoy! There were new walkers with children & it was
hard not to get excited as we all heard the GHS band playing as we walked.
The parade was so much fun with the participants & crowd holding Teddy Bears!
There were hundreds of stuffed bears, every color & size imaginable!
The trees were named on our directions which added to our enjoyment and
the fall colors are always spectacular. In the park there was a wonderful fall Saturday market...
WOW!!! What a walk !!! Thank You for a very rewarding event!!! Starr*
What happens when you get a LARGE group for a Wednesday walk?
They turn into, "Dick's Wednesday Road Hogs"... We take up the whole road
& someone in the back shouts... "CAR" "CAR" "CAR" !!!
It was a beautiful day in Portland for a wonderful fall walk in & around
neighborhoods. Dick lead the 10/11K group, just like Mr. Rodger's.
The roses were in full bloom and the trees are starting to turn fall colors.
Joe lead the 5K group...a special thanks to both leaders.
For anyone who didn't make today's walk make sure to walk a YRE real
soon the weather is perfect for a fall walk... Enjoy! Starr* Beautiful day for a walk. Had 47 walkers. 12 doing the 5 km , 33 doing the 10 km and 3 doing the 11 km. -- Dick
It was really special today because we were able to walk the whole walk, which is a nice 5k. Next week the trail will be closed, so we will be back to the short one to the overlook. It's been so nice to see the ducks and the nutria in their own habitat, up close and personal. Again 21 met us for the walk and then we also were lucky to meet up with Bonnie at Target. Another good day!--Mary Ann
Today's walk was Cape Falcon on the Oregon Coast near Manzanita. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. There weren't a lot of walkers but we had a great time.---Karen Kelly
Thank goodness for YRE's! For some of us who could not make the sanctioned walks in WA. or at the coast it's always nice to have a back up plan. There were 19 walkers today in Tualatin who enjoyed the Ibach Park YRE that was close to home. We had a baker's dozen on the 10K lead by Mary Fribley, thank you! Margie a new walker also joined us and some regulars. The rest joined Mary-Ann Hawke on the 5K. As we started out, Lorlie had brought Milo...(Jane's dog) was thoroughly enjoying blue skies & sunshine. Milo had his "own" idea who was going to lead this group...and it wasn't the two legged type. He set a good pace for us & stuck right to the directions. The route takes in some beautiful home, hidden parks in Tualatin and there is even a "Secret Garden" as an option you can check out. We all had a water break at the end, including Milo and we were thankful for walks close by. I do think at the end, Milo & the rest of us missed Jane's laughter & smile! Another day maybe, Starr*
Sometimes things just don't look like what they seem. There were 31, 10K walkers, and Dick lead us off course just a little.
As we were walking along almost to the water there was a husky dog in a window acting like he wanted to join or or take a bite out of us!
When out from the bushes shot a little squirrel, well that dog tried to go right through the window. He wasn't paying any attention to us...
He wanted that squirrel. Just goes to show you sometimes your not the center of attention!
The walk was really an enjoyable experience along the beautiful Columbia river. We got to get a first hand view of the Red Lion hotel that burned a few weeks ago. Then the might Columbia was calm & picturesque, how grand a view & trail. Off through parks & streets a couple loops & back again. A nice walk, spectacular views & "the best company" anyone can ask for... Starr*
A SPECIAL NOTE: We received an update on Jane's health and the news was sobering. Jane has liver cancer and will not be able to walk with us...
but that won't stop her from joining us for lunch, keeping us smiling with her laughter and keeping us company at lunch when she can!
What a women! Jane is also setting up a suit on "The Caring Bridge" to keep us all informed and a place for us to communicate together.
The site isn't quite set up yet but it will be soon. Please take a look, leave comments, support Jane, her family and her friends with stories, we all have some
good ones that we can share! Please respect Jane's beliefs and no religious material, she is an atheist... Thank you for your support.
Lake to Lake Greenway Trail Walk in Bellevue, WA. sponsored by the Northwest Striders Club.
The start was at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm ...Walkers then got a free bus ride for the one-way walk back to finish. 17km started at Weowna Park, 15km at SE 26th St, and had peeks at Phantom Lake while walking along beautiful forest trails (before reaching) the 12km start. I opted for the 12km, which started at the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm (a lake and porch swing ... perfect way to start a walk). Walked on side-walks, asphalt, bark, and gravel park/forest trails through residential Bellevue and its park system on the Lake-to-Lake Trails. Points of interest along the route were The Kelsey Creek Farm (hands on activities relating to settler life during 1800's); Wilburton Hill Park (kid soccer game was in session); Bellevue Botanical Garden (very pretty); Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and (the 6km section) trails through Mercer Slough Nature Park ... to finish at the farm where fresh fruit/veggies were available for purchase (and tasted great). Weather was perfect, trails/route was great .. I finished the day with a 2 1/2 mile drive to Bellevue Center Mall (explored and ate the rest of my lunch there). --Angela