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Walked 4.77 Miles to Westmoreland Park

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 in Hipstamatic, Portland, SE Portland, Walks, Westmoreland | 2 comments

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Fall is definitely on my mind. It’s September and the school where I work starts soon. The season is changing and yesterday I heard the honking of Canadian Geese flying overhead; a sure sign that fall is on its way. I decided to head to Westmoreland Park to visit the geese.


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Crossing McLoughlin is never fun. It’s a long wait until the light changes and it’s just a freaking huge busy street. One the opposite side of McLoughlin, 5 little kids were on bikes with two adults. The walk sign came on and we all started to cross. A car turning left narrowly missed hitting this party. So scary. As I got to the other side, I saw this chalk writing “Don’t Die”. I’ve also experienced cars coming too close to me as I’ve crossed. I hope that folks will slow down and mind people in the crosswalk.

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I didn’t realize the spider was there until after I took this picture. Sort of icky, sort of cool.

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If you look to the right of this tower, you can see the moon. It looks super tiny here, but it looked amazing in real life.

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So as I’m walking and thinking about Fall being aright around the corner, I saw crocuses. Wait. What? How does that work? I was stunned.

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And I saw them in several other yards. I’m so confused.

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There were many geese hanging out. Most were eating fast and furiously. There wouldn’t even look up at me.

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Instead, I focused on the ducks. There were so many sleeping all along the edge of the water. All the dots in the background of this picture are ducks.

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Today I walked in my Keens. I wear them all the time in my daily life, so I figured it was worth trying them on a walk. I had such a great walk. I had a bit of pain, nothing like I’ve been experiencing. I also walked much faster today. I had a great time. So I’m thinking it’s time to figure out running shoes. I’m so very tempted (and nervous) to try a minimalist running shoe; I think it might work well for me.

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There was a layer of feathers over most of the park. It was really quite amazing.

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My first lemon cucumber spotting!

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2 Comments

  1. I’m catching up on your blog (an awesome rainy Friday afternoon activity!) and had to say, in case you haven’t discovered yet – those are autumn crocuses. Mystery solved!

  2. Hey Smartwick,
    I’m glad I could help make a rainy afternoon pass by quickly. :) I had no idea that that there are autumn crocuses! I can definitely see the differences in the spring and autumn versions. Super cool!
    Cheers!

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