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Walked 4.40 Miles – Belmont

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 in Hawthorne, Hipstamatic, Portland, Portland Progress, SE Portland, Walks | 1 comment

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The last 2 weeks has been sheer chaos at my job.  I worked long hours and it’s been a pretty stressful time.  I just didn’t have the time or energy to walk last week.  My big project ended today and I was able to leave work before noon.  When thinking how I could treat myself since I had a gloriously free afternoon, the first thing that I really wanted to do was walk.  Just the idea of it sounded so nice.  Which, I have to admit, I surprised myself with this idea.

 

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It was a dry, almost sunny day.  I decided to head North to Belmont.  I hadn’t ventured past Hawthorne all that much and decided I should spread my wings a little.  It was really just a great walk.

 

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I think one reason my walk was so pleasant is that I started listening to an audio version of Atlas Shrugged.  I read the book last year and just fell in love.  My mom-in-law got me the audio version for Christmas.  Listening to a book while I walked let me turn my brain off.  I didn’t think about work, or really anything else for that matter, and it was so nice to get caught up in a story.  I can’t wait to listen to more.

 

I looked up and realized I was on Taggart street – which is the last name of the protagonist in Atlas Shrugged.  What a funny coincidence!

 

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This is hands down my favorite Kanye sticker so far.   I was so surprised by all the street art I found on my walk today.  Definitely more than in my hood. I had to stop myself from taking pictures of all the cool things I found.

 

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Eek!  1904!  I couldn’t believe I found this.  I am still looking for 1906 and 1905.

 

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I had just watched a news article talking about Portland’s 39 community gardens.  I passed 2 of these gardens on this walk.  I can’t wait for Brooklyn to get our community garden which is currently in the works.

 

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I love walking down alleys.  It’s so peaceful and I never know what I will find.

 

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I love this garage door.

 

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It is well established that I’m a bit obsessed with moss.  This is in the perfect shape of a horse shoe.

 

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I found this on the Brooklyn pedestrian bridge.  I had seen it before, but my picture didn’t turn out well.  I finally got one that I liked which is good because I had to stand precariously on the steps which was giving me vertigo.  Kind of scary, but worth it.

 

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With all the MAX construction starting to happen, I’m afraid that riding the bus will be a bit harder for awhile.  Last week I didn’t realize that my bus stop was closed, because I catch the bus in the dark and I didn’t see the sign.  Luckily, the very cranky bus driver did stop for me, but gave me an earful.

 

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Speaking of construction, I put up a picture of this building that had been boarded up a week or so ago.  Now it’s coming down!  Change is definitely happening fast!

1 Comment

  1. You are amazing, and your blog is fun and lovely! I do the same thing…walk and take pics…so fun!

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