Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween (A Detroit Halloween!)

Hope you have a SPOOKTACULAR DAY!!! Nya-haha ha!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Lower Huron Metropark

I walked today at the Lower Huron Metropark, which was all decked out in its fall finery. It may be slightly "past peak" out there, but it was still very nice.

I've had out of town company for almost a week and have been too busy running around playing to be home posting. It will take a while to get caught up!

Walking at the Lower Huron Metropark I

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ever wonder whether a park is walkable and if there are sufficient walking opportunities to make a trip worthwhile? The Lower Huron Metropark is definitely worth the drive from the city for a walk,... Read more »

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chandler Park

I went to Chandler Park yesterday for a walk and a change of pace. Chandler Park is an old traditional city park with picnic areas, a golf course and playground areas. There is also a water slide and aquatics area. The golf course and aquatics area are both fenced off from the main park and not available for easy walking. And there are no walking trails or sidewalks. But the park roads are usually not particularly busy and are quite wide and reasonably comfortable for walking. Of course, you should walk on the left facing traffic. Read more . . .

Today is my husbands 65th birthday, so I may not be online much.

Chandler Park Walk

A typical treed park, pleasant and spacious.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bird Island View of Lake St. Clair

This view of Lake St. Clair is taken from the Bird-Island Trail at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.

the view from the trail to Bird Island (click image to view larger)
Photo: Mary Taitt

The Bird Island Trail at the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House is a peaceful and pretty place for a stroll. The trail starts right behind (to the left of) the visitor center by the visitor parking lot and winds along the back of the bay (or lagoon) with views of the water and the mansion house. The main trail is wide enough for three or four people to walk abreast and chipped with woodchips to make is to comfortable underfoot. If you go soon, you will be sure to enjoy the splendid fall color. Read more.

Rose and friends click here to view picture of my granddaughter Sophia.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Action Day! WATER!

Sailing on Lake St. Clair.

Water is everywhere. It sustains life. It makes our planet livable.

We drink it, we cook with it, we swim in it, we sail on it.

Five facts about water:

  1. Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it's no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes 42,000 deaths each week.
  2. More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.
  3. Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.
  4. It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that's just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.
  5. The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Conservatory Pond at Belle Isle

This pond is full of Koi and surrounded by interesting plants.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Fishing trails at Blue Heron Lagoon (Belle Isle)

We had fun wandering around on the fishing trails out on the peninsula beyond the isthmus at Blue Heron Lagoon. I may post some of the other pictures I took there if I remember when we get back. We are headed for Maine tomorrow morning and I know for sure that I will be unable to gt online much of the time I'm gone, as there is no internet access where I am going. Don't forget me,t hough, I'll be back sometime in about a week. (I also won't be able to comment while I'm gone--so bear with me.)

This, by the way, is right near the heart of Detroit. IN the city. (Assuming you call a city park part of the city.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

One of our favorite walks at Belle Isle is out to this lighthouse and beyond to Blue Heron Lagoon. This is the only all marble lighthouse in the USA.

Walking the Marble Lighthouse Trail at Belle Isle

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The William Livingstone Lighthouse on Belle Isle, designed by Albert Kahn, is the only lighthouse in the country made entirely of marble. Although it is no longer in use as a working warning signal, it is still kept lit and is delightful to see. A walk... Read more »

We are leaving Thursday morning, hopefully, for a week-long trip to Maine. I may or may not be able to post while I'm away.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Walking in the Rain

The Alley Behind Kercheval, the turning point of one of my walk routes. We had two days of rain, but now the sun is shining. :-D

I'm swamped and way behind. :-(

Walking in the Rain

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's raining—cold, wet and miserable. If you like to walk daily to keep in shape and breathe fresh air, you have several choices: walk at the mall, do laps or treadmill at the gym, run up and down the stairs at a local high-rise or parking... Read more »

Friday, October 1, 2010

Balduck Park Woods Trail

This is right near where I live. Not much fall color here, yet, but there is some starting around the hood. Click link below for more info about walking here.

Walking at Balduck Park

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Looking for something a little different in a walking location? If you don’t need miles of trails and are satisfied with a shorter walk, Balduck Park may be just the ticket. Balduck Park is located at the intersections of Canyon and Chandler Park...Read more »