30 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 41

Flathead Lake, Montana "Enjoy walking like you enjoy eating."  -  Anam Thubten Rinpoche, on walking meditation.Location: Flathead Lake silent meditation retreat, MontanaLength: 3 kmCompanions: Troy & othersDate: 30 May, 2019 [...]

18 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 40

Copenhagen, DenmarkOne last walk around Copenhagen with many stops:-Early on, for coffee in the sun on a pedestrian street near the library.-At Nyhavn to photograph the over-photographed canal houses and boats, visit Trine Fournais pottery shop, and use the cleanest public bathroom I've ever seen.-On the Inderhavnsbroen new bike and footbridge across the harbour to admire the view and the architecture.-At an exhibit by Faroese painter Anker Mortensen.-To eat a picnic lunch harbourside and watch [...]

16 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 39

Lund, SwedenI left the conference at the university to go for a walk around town. Wandered through the Botanical Gardens, with its blooms and interesting trees and people soaking up the sun; then along the famous cobblestone streets lined with very tidy, very old small houses, until I found downtown. Dipped into the thousand-year-old Lund Cathedral for a few minutes, and continued on around the town. I've been here such a short time, but there are some things I really like about Sweden:  th [...]

13 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 38

Anti-dérive, Copenhagen, DenmarkThe dérive, or drift, is a kind of urban walk in which the walker aimlessly wanders the city, following no map, visiting off-limits spaces, getting to know the hidden, unseen, and neglected parts of the city.*  With only one day in Copenhagen my walk was the exact opposite.  I followed a tourist map's self-guided walking tour though the most scenic and well-known parts of the old centre of town. The dotted line on the map took me past canal [...]

24 Apr 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 37

The Flats, Medicine Hat, AlbertaMorning walk to Medalta. Downtown coffee, graffitied tunnel under the railway tracks. Through the Flats, getting lost as always on streets that bend in unexpected ways. Industrial Ave. to the old manufacturing part of town, where they used to make dishes and crocks and bricks. Clay-filled hills rise up all around, like an arm hugging this neighbourhood close to the river. Work day much improved by walking there. Location: Downtown to Medalta, Medicine [...]

21 Apr 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 36

River Valley Park, Redcliff, AlbertaA sunny Sunday walk down by the river sandwiched into a full weekend, sharing the trail with dogs, horses, walkers, cyclists. Spring comes comes slowly here, but it comes to the river valley first. Location: River Valley Park, Redcliff, AlbertaLength: 3 kmCompanions: Heather, Daryle, TomDate: 21 April, 2019 [...]

28 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 35

Medalta to IXL, Medicine Hat, AlbertaExploring the trail system behind Medalta on a sunny spring day. Everything is brown, but the deer and the rabbits are out grazing. The mud is drying. Ross Creek, a tributary to the nearby South Saskatchewan River, is running cheerfully. It is so good to walk free of snow and ice and mud. Location: Medalta Potteries to I-XL Brickworks, Medicine Hat, AlbertaLength: 2 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 28 March, 2019 [...]

16 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 34

Oil Change Walk, Medicine Hat, AlbertaI had an hour to kill while I had my oil changed.I had an hour to wait while I had my oil changed.I had an hour to explore and move and get some fresh air and think while I had my oil changed. Location: Medicine Hat, AlbertaLength: 5 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 15 March, 2019 [...]

10 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 33

Snowshoe Walk, Boulder, MontanaThe snow is deep, the sky is blue, the sun is out, it’s a perfect day for a walk on snowshoes. The contours of the land are soft and shadowed under sparkling snow, and the pine covered hills rise up all around the valley. We followed paths made by humans and by deer, first heading face-first into a small but cold easterly breeze, then turning our backs to the wind and climbing the hill to the old concrete hotsprings catchment. There were tracks of birds and w [...]

03 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 32

Coulee Walk, Lethbridge, ABIt warmed up to minus fifteen last week, but this weekend it was back to -30°C.  We bundled up and went out anyway. A sunny day, with that cold, hard brightness that is invigorating. We did a loop from Fort Whoop-Up on well-maintained trails. They seem to plow the park trails more than the streets or sidewalks in Lethbridge. A train passed over the trestle bridge 95 meters above our heads. The Oldman River was mostly frozen, but a couple dozen geese were huddl [...]

13 Feb 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 31

Isla Mujeres, México It rained all day. But it's warm enough, so I went for a three hour walk in the rain. Isla Mujeres is only 7km long and less than 1km wide, and lies between the Gulf of México and the Caribbean Sea. The waves washing up on all sides, the saltwater lagoons in the interior, and the rain running down the rooftops and flooding the streets, all make it seem as if this island is only barely land. It belongs to the water.I walked through the interior of m [...]

05 Feb 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 30

Random Walk, Mérida, MéxicoIt wasn't a walk in any intentional sense, just going about my business today on foot as usual. Even in my short time here, I'm starting to run into people I know as I walk around town, including my new amigo Asunción. Pink houses are everywhere, even though Mérida is known as the white city. Nostalgia is beginning to creep into my days. Location: Mérida, MéxicoLength: 6 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 5 Febrero, 2019 [...]

28 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 29

Daily Walk, Mérida, MéxicoAdvice for the morning walk through Itzimná:  Stay on the shady side of the street. Watch out for big holes in the sidewalk, and low-hanging awnings and trees. Say buenos días to the people your pass. Make friends with the security guards. Take your time crossing Avenidas Pérez Ponce, Jose Diaz Bolio, and Circuito Colonias. Notice the street dogs who hang out in the vacant lot beside the business school with its garden of henequ&e [...]

26 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 28

Uxmal, MéxicoThe only way to visit Uxmal is on foot. The restored Mayan city is well over 1,000 years old, and the tapir-nosed rain god, Chaac, watches with many eyes from most of the facades. There are macaws, tortoises, feathered serpents, and two-headed jaguars as well. And the living grackles, iguanas, big orange orioles, and a vulture on top of a pyramid. It's an amazing walk, with plenty of stairs. Location: Uxmal, Yucatán, MéxicoLength: 2 kmCompanions: Ma [...]

20 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 27

Progreso, MéxicoA stormy Sunday morning walk along the beach. It was unusually empty because of the wind and even a little rain. People were fishing from the small pier, and pelicans were begging for handouts. The long pier runs six and a half kilometers out into the Gulf of Mexico, a highway over the waves to get to the cruise ships and freighters that dock out there. I walked to the working side, where the fishing boats are hauled up and the seaweed hasn't been raked off the beach. "Hol [...]

11 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 26

 Historic Centre of Mérida, MexicoWhen I left the sun was throwing long shadows from the east, and when I returned, from the west. An all-day wander around the beautiful colonial Mexican city of Mérida. The city used to be a great Mayan city called T'hó, which was taken over by three Spanish men named Francisco de Montejo in 1542, and built over using enslaved Mayan labour and limestone.As a foreigner, so far I stick mostly to the historic centre of town, the tourist ar [...]

03 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 25

Night Walk, Toronto, OntarioWe had walked a lot already, roaming the city for hours at a time. After a late supper and wine at Aloette, we walked along Queen St. W. from Spadina to the skating rink at City Hall, and back to our hotel. The last walk of the day, a winter night in the city among the streetcars, pedestrians, towers and lights. Location: Queen Street West, Toronto, OntarioLength: 1.5 kmCompanions: TomDate: 3 January, 2019 [...]

01 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 24

New Years Day, Burlington, OntarioA loop walk in the west end of Burlington, through the neighbourhoods and cemeteries just off of Plains Road, past the Austrian Club and Easterbrook's hotdog stand. Through a busy parking lot and down the trail into the wetlands of Hendrie Valley, following the path along Grindstone Creek, through what we used to call Lamb's Hollow, and across into Hidden Valley. The creek takes us from the end of one valley and through another, where we climb the hill and catch [...]

21 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 23

Winter Solstice, Burlington, OntarioIt was a short day, and an overcast day. The trees blackened from last night's rain. The sailboats are grounded, and the docks pulled out. The far shores of the bay architected by Hamilton's steel mills and the Burlington Skyway. There are many trees down in the park, decomposing in the damp. This walk is one of my old routes when I'm here: through LaSalle Park, down to the waterfront on Burlington Bay, follow the trail along the shore (where it is busy with o [...]

02 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 22

Waylaid Walking*, North Railway St., Medicine Hat, AlbertaThe other side of the tracks. Every tree was planted, every brick was formed with clay and fired with gas. Old hotel signs still in place to catch the eye of long-gone train travelers. Windows bricked up or boarded over, but the buildings still stand. The trees still stand. Polished railway tracks still cut through town. The road stays in place as its uses change and decline. Small odd businesses in between empty buildings: arts and craft [...]