Walked 3.91 Miles – Oaks Bottom
It was another hot day, so I headed to Oaks Bottom. I decided once I got to the end of Oaks Bottom, I would continue on the Spring Water Corridor for a bit. We just received our leg assignments for Portland to Coast which is in a few short weeks! I was thrilled to see that both of my legs are categorized as ‘easy’ and each leg is 4 miles long. I’m trying to make all of my walks at least 4 miles to prepare. I was going to walk around the block a few times to push this over the 4 mile mark, but my iphone started getting wonky on me the last mile of my walk. Voice control kept turning itself on which interrupted my audio book. I tried music as well and had the same issues. It was so annoying that I just decided to end the walk before I hit 4 miles.
Greg did some research and it turns out that many runners have this problems, because their hands get too sweaty and it messes up the iphone home button and turns on voice control. There is no way to disable the voice control, so I need to figure out how to be less sweaty – at least when it comes to my left hand which holds my phone.
I walked along Milwaukie more than I normally do. Usually, I keep to the quieter neighborhood streets until I have to get on Milwaukie to cross Holgate and pass over McLoughlin. It was nice to see some new sites. I’ve always thought this Buddhist Priory is so pretty. There were many photo ops here, so I’ll definitely walking past here again.
I also spied this large stencil on Milwaukie which I’ve never noticed driving by.
I don’t carry water on me when I walk. I need to keep my hands free for taking pictures. The water fountain (use the smaller one) at the top of Oaks Bottom was another reason I chose to head this way on a hot day. Filling up here at the start and on the return trip was heaven. It’s made me re-think carrying water. Greg has a water belt and I think I’m going to give that a try since it will allow me to keep my hands free.
This is why Oaks Bottom is so desirable on a hot day. To know that respite from the heat is just a mile away got me out walking on a hot day.
I have a new favorite street artist! This is the second time I’ve stumbled across these faces. This one is about 2 inches high. I love that it’s such a different medium for street art. It could be as simple as a mold and fimo clay, but what a great idea. The other face I saw was much smaller and this. I will definitely be on the look out for more. So very cool.
About 1/4 mile on the Spring Water Corridor headed towards down town, I saw some folks stopped on the path. I figured they had spotted something cool, so I picked up the pace to see if I could get in on the action. I was in luck! You can see a tan deer directly across from the two girls.
I was also able to stand directly across from this mama deer. Her two young offspring were also eating close by. This is the third time this season that I’ve seen these 3 deer. It’s so great to see and I’m so happy that they were across the fence and train tracks. I worry about them becoming too tame and getting hurt.
The edges of the trail were covered in Cottonwood seeds. It looked like snow and was about 3 inches tall.
I have some very cool neighbors. This is only two blocks from my house. I love seeing all the different signs they post often.