22 Mar 2020 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Walk 53

River valley trail, Redcliff, AlbertaIt's been a day of baking bread and making soup and reading, a day mostly spent at home (as they will be from here on in).  But it's also a sunny spring day, a mud-puddle day, and we weren't the only ones taking a walk in the river valley. No matter how our lives are limited in other ways these strange days, people seem to be openly grateful for the simple freedom of walking outdoors. These are the things we need right now - movement, fresh air, direct c [...]

18 Mar 2020 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Walk 52

Scenic to downtown and back, Lethbridge, AlbertaFirst day of working from home due to the pandemic, and I know how lucky I am to be able to do so. Months of sore-footed not-walking have to end, because my lungs and mind demand a walk, even a sore-footed one. Lungs and mind are tight from too much news; neither can expand properly sitting inside with constant updates. Breathing fresh cold air relaxes lungs first, then nerves, then mind. And my eyes need to contact shapes and shadows and colour an [...]

17 Nov 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Walk 51

Blairmore to Frank, Crowsnest Pass, AlbertaFollowing the trail that follows the Crowsnest River from town to town across the pass, I walked to Frank and back from the Gushul Residency in Blairmore. A windy day in the mountains, but it felt so good to be out on the trail putting one foot in front of the other again! I've been impeded by a foot injury for many weeks, but talks of walks with friends today - from the daily commute on foot to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - persuaded me to [...]

17 Nov 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Walk 51

Blairmore to Frank, Crowsnest Pass, AlbertaFollowing the trail that follows the Crowsnest River from town to town across the pass, I walked to Frank and back from the Gushul Residency in Blairmore. A windy day in the mountains, but it felt so good to be out on the trail putting one foot in front of the other again! I've been impeded by a foot injury for many weeks, but talks of walks with friends today - from the daily commute on foot to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela - persuaded me to [...]

31 Aug 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 50

Neighbourhood to Neighbourhood, Lethbridge, AlbertaWalking to a party in my old neighbourhood, thinking about homes - the ones I used to live in, where I'm living right now, the one I'm looking for. There is so much to say about home. It's not just a house, it's a neighbourhood, a town; it's the people and animals you live with, it's the smell of a place; it's in the frequency you walk away from it and back again, and the way you feel walking through a neighbourhood. It's familiarity and frictio [...]

31 Aug 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 50

Neighbourhood to Neighbourhood, Lethbridge, AlbertaWalking to a party in my old neighbourhood, thinking about homes - the ones I used to live in, where I'm living right now, the one I'm looking for. There is so much to say about home. It's not just a house, it's a neighbourhood, a town; it's the people and animals you live with, it's the smell of a place; it's in the frequency you walk away from it and back again, and the way you feel walking through a neighbourhood. It's familiarity and frictio [...]

27 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 49

Hamilton to Dundas, OntarioWalking with a friend alters pace, conversation, thought, directional and destinational choices, what you notice or don't notice along the way. It makes me think about walking-with: walking-with another person, walking-with a non-human being (dog-walking, for example), walking with the more-than-human other, a term I've come across in my reading lately.*  We are always walking-with, whether it's with spirits or histories of a place, animals, birds, trees and rocks [...]

27 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 49

Hamilton to Dundas, OntarioWalking with a friend alters pace, conversation, thought, directional and destinational choices, what you notice or don't notice along the way. It makes me think about walking-with: walking-with another person, walking-with a non-human being (dog-walking, for example), walking with the more-than-human other, a term I've come across in my reading lately.*  We are always walking-with, whether it's with spirits or histories of a place, animals, birds, trees and rocks [...]

25 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 48

Aldershot to Westdale, OntarioIt's mid-summer, and hot, and my feet hurt on the pavement. There are a lot of old cemeteries around the western tip of Lake Ontario, and big trees. The cicadas hum, and the traffic mumbles, and the wildflowers bloom, and the lake is as high as it's ever been. Crossing under the highway at the Desjardins canal, past the flooded fishway, I take the trail along Coote's Paradise to Princess Point, and up into the neighbourhoods, ending with an iced latte at the Bean Ba [...]

25 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 48

Aldershot to Westdale, OntarioIt's mid-summer, and hot, and my feet hurt on the pavement. There are a lot of old cemeteries around the western tip of Lake Ontario, and big trees. The cicadas hum, and the traffic mumbles, and the wildflowers bloom, and the lake is as high as it's ever been. Crossing under the highway at the Desjardins canal, past the flooded fishway, I take the trail along Coote's Paradise to Princess Point, and up into the neighbourhoods, ending with an iced latte at the Bean Ba [...]

17 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 47

University to College, Lethbridge, AlbertaFrom the west side to the south side of town. New institutional design barriers caused false starts and extra hills and stairs at the beginning of the walk, but once I was on the trail down to the Old Man River it was easy going. I was lost in thought much of the way, not paying much attention to my surroundings except when I purposely stopped to look, and take a photo. I'm always surprised by how dramatic and beautiful the landscape is right here in the [...]

17 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 47

University to College, Lethbridge, AlbertaFrom the west side to the south side of town. New institutional design barriers caused false starts and extra hills and stairs at the beginning of the walk, but once I was on the trail down to the Old Man River it was easy going. I was lost in thought much of the way, not paying much attention to my surroundings except when I purposely stopped to look, and take a photo. I'm always surprised by how dramatic and beautiful the landscape is right here in the [...]

05 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 46

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, MontanaA walk around a lake in the mountains with an old friend is fine way to spend the morning. It was a slow walk, with lots of pauses and conversation, and not much for wildlife except a big hare who was still half white - winter colours stay late up here near the glaciers. We did see a grazing grizzly bear in the middle distance from the car on the way home. Location: Swiftcurrent Lake trail, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montan [...]

05 Jul 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 46

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, MontanaA walk around a lake in the mountains with an old friend is fine way to spend the morning. It was a slow walk, with lots of pauses and conversation, and not much for wildlife except a big hare who was still half white - winter colours stay late up here near the glaciers. We did see a grazing grizzly bear in the middle distance from the car on the way home. Location: Swiftcurrent Lake trail, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montan [...]

30 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 45

Elkwater, AlbertaA perfect summer day. The campgrounds are full, and Elkwater Lake beach is crowded. The trails weaving through the hills and valleys above the town, however, are almost empty - cool, shady, green, and quiet. There are only a few mountain bikers, red squirrels, and maybe an unseen cougar in the trees. I think about tree-bathing: it certainly feels good, even nourishing, to be in the forest. Location: Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, AlbertaLength: 5 kmCo [...]

30 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 45

Elkwater, AlbertaA perfect summer day. The campgrounds are full, and Elkwater Lake beach is crowded. The trails weaving through the hills and valleys above the town, however, are almost empty - cool, shady, green, and quiet. There are only a few mountain bikers, red squirrels, and maybe an unseen cougar in the trees. I think about forest-bathing: it certainly feels good, peaceful, even nourishing, to be among these trees. Location: Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alber [...]

12 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 44

Kokanee Creek, BCWith a morning coffee and pastry in my backpack, I walked up the Canyon Trail in between the noisy creek and the silent trees.  This region is where the legend of the Sasquatch lives, and I like the idea of these large, intelligent beings living in the mountains and eluding all human contact. I had my breakfast on an overhang gazing down at the rushing, tumbling water. It wasn't until I was almost back to the road that I realized I had left a paper wrapper behind, and hiked [...]

12 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 44

Kokanee Creek, BCWith a morning coffee and pastry in my backpack, I walked up the Canyon Trail in between the noisy creek and the silent trees.  This region is where the legend of the Sasquatch lives, and I like the idea of these large, intelligent beings living in the mountains and eluding all human contact. I had my breakfast on an overhang gazing down at the rushing, tumbling water. It wasn't until I was almost back to the road that I realized I had left a paper wrapper behind, and hiked [...]

08 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 43

Shore Walk, Gabriola Island, British ColumbiaMy lungs open and my heart softens when I'm in a place like this. The air smells like salt and seaweed, and there's a small cool breeze. The tide is coming in. There's a fierce confusion of waves just off shore, where an inlet rushes in from around the island and tumbles over the current. A trail through the woods, along the shore, then picking my way back among the rocks, driftwood, barnacles and sea plants.  I wish I could stay longer. [...]

08 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 43

Shore Walk, Gabriola Island, British ColumbiaMy lungs open and my heart softens when I'm in a place like this. The air smells like salt and seaweed, and there's a small cool breeze. The tide is coming in. There's a fierce confusion of waves just off shore, where an inlet rushes in from around the island and tumbles over the current. A trail through the woods, along the shore, then picking my way back among the rocks, driftwood, barnacles and sea plants.  I wish I could stay longer. [...]