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Walked 3.50 Miles to Oaks Bottom – Last walk of 2012

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 in Brooklyn, Hipstamatic, Oaks Bottom, Portland, Portland Progress, SE Portland, Walks | 0 comments

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Today I walked for the last time in 2012. Over the course of the year, I walked 324 miles on 91 different walks. That’s only 20 miles shy of walking to Seattle and back. I’m so proud of this accomplishment! I really didn’t think I had walked this much in 2012. I’ve set a new goal for 2013 to walk even further. I also have a few races I’m thinking about participating in. The future is definitely bright!


For my last walk, I decided to head to Oaks Bottom. I wanted to jog a bit and I really like how flat the Springwater Corridor is. I’m still very frightened of tripping, so it’s the perfect place to practice without fear of curbs, cracks, or other hazards.

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Due to the Max construction, road closures are common and constantly changing. Often when I drive home, now, I have to find new routes because of the closures.

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This entire row of colorful flowers caught my attention from a block away. Such a sight for sore eyes in the dreary winter weather. It wasn’t until I took the picture that I realized they were all fake.

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I’ve walked past this broken window for well over a year now. I finally stopped for a self portrait.

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I recently drove past the Sellwood bridge and saw this construction in progress. They will be shifting the bridge to sit on a temporary structure while a new bridge can be built. The whole thing sounds like magic. I can’t even comprehend what it takes to move a bridge, let alone build a new one. Portland keeps getting better and better!

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Just as I started to descend down into Oaks Bottom, it started to snow. It only lasted a few minutes and the tiny snowflakes didn’t last on the ground, but it was a perfect moment. While the water isn’t completely frozen, I was amazed to see it covered in ice.

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I walked around the tadpole pond and came upon these newly filled bird feeders. So many beautiful birds were waiting their turn to feed. I stopped here and stayed as still as possible, so they would eat in my presence.

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I love the reflection of the trees in the water. The water was perfectly still today.

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The path around the tadpole pond was extra slippery due to the frost on the mud. I was very careful walking this trail.

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I heard these crows from blocks away. I changed directions and tried to get as close to them as I could. They were constantly on the move circling from tree to tree. There must have been over 100 birds.

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It’s fitting that Oregon has been filled in by moss.

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The fall leaves may be gone, but their imprints remain.

 

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