28 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 35

Medalta to IXL, Medicine Hat, AlbertaExploring the trail system behind Medalta on a sunny spring day. Everything is brown, but the deer and the rabbits are out grazing. The mud is drying. Ross Creek, a tributary to the nearby South Saskatchewan River, is running cheerfully. It is so good to walk free of snow and ice and mud. Location: Medalta Potteries to I-XL Brickworks, Medicine Hat, AlbertaLength: 2 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 28 March, 2019 [...]

16 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 34

Oil Change Walk, Medicine Hat, AlbertaI had an hour to kill while I had my oil changed.I had an hour to wait while I had my oil changed.I had an hour to explore and move and get some fresh air and think while I had my oil changed. Location: Medicine Hat, AlbertaLength: 5 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 15 March, 2019 [...]

10 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 33

Snowshoe Walk, Boulder, MontanaThe snow is deep, the sky is blue, the sun is out, it’s a perfect day for a walk on snowshoes. The contours of the land are soft and shadowed under sparkling snow, and the pine covered hills rise up all around the valley. We followed paths made by humans and by deer, first heading face-first into a small but cold easterly breeze, then turning our backs to the wind and climbing the hill to the old concrete hotsprings catchment. There were tracks of birds and w [...]

03 Mar 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 32

Coulee Walk, Lethbridge, ABIt warmed up to minus fifteen last week, but this weekend it was back to -30°C.  We bundled up and went out anyway. A sunny day, with that cold, hard brightness that is invigorating. We did a loop from Fort Whoop-Up on well-maintained trails. They seem to plow the park trails more than the streets or sidewalks in Lethbridge. A train passed over the trestle bridge 95 meters above our heads. The Oldman River was mostly frozen, but a couple dozen geese were huddl [...]

13 Feb 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 31

Isla Mujeres, México It rained all day. But it's warm enough, so I went for a three hour walk in the rain. Isla Mujeres is only 7km long and less than 1km wide, and lies between the Gulf of México and the Caribbean Sea. The waves washing up on all sides, the saltwater lagoons in the interior, and the rain running down the rooftops and flooding the streets, all make it seem as if this island is only barely land. It belongs to the water.I walked through the interior of m [...]

05 Feb 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 30

Random Walk, Mérida, MéxicoIt wasn't a walk in any intentional sense, just going about my business today on foot as usual. Even in my short time here, I'm starting to run into people I know as I walk around town, including my new amigo Asunción. Pink houses are everywhere, even though Mérida is known as the white city. Nostalgia is beginning to creep into my days. Location: Mérida, MéxicoLength: 6 kmCompanions: NoneDate: 5 Febrero, 2019 [...]

28 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 29

Daily Walk, Mérida, MéxicoAdvice for the morning walk through Itzimná:  Stay on the shady side of the street. Watch out for big holes in the sidewalk, and low-hanging awnings and trees. Say buenos días to the people your pass. Make friends with the security guards. Take your time crossing Avenidas Pérez Ponce, Jose Diaz Bolio, and Circuito Colonias. Notice the street dogs who hang out in the vacant lot beside the business school with its garden of henequ&e [...]

26 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 28

Uxmal, MéxicoThe only way to visit Uxmal is on foot. The restored Mayan city is well over 1,000 years old, and the tapir-nosed rain god, Chaac, watches with many eyes from most of the facades. There are macaws, tortoises, feathered serpents, and two-headed jaguars as well. And the living grackles, iguanas, big orange orioles, and a vulture on top of a pyramid. It's an amazing walk, with plenty of stairs. Location: Uxmal, Yucatán, MéxicoLength: 2 kmCompanions: Ma [...]

20 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 27

Progreso, MéxicoA stormy Sunday morning walk along the beach. It was unusually empty because of the wind and even a little rain. People were fishing from the small pier, and pelicans were begging for handouts. The long pier runs six and a half kilometers out into the Gulf of Mexico, a highway over the waves to get to the cruise ships and freighters that dock out there. I walked to the working side, where the fishing boats are hauled up and the seaweed hasn't been raked off the beach. "Hol [...]

11 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 26

 Historic Centre of Mérida, MexicoWhen I left the sun was throwing long shadows from the east, and when I returned, from the west. An all-day wander around the beautiful colonial Mexican city of Mérida. The city used to be a great Mayan city called T'hó, which was taken over by three Spanish men named Francisco de Montejo in 1542, and built over using enslaved Mayan labour and limestone.As a foreigner, so far I stick mostly to the historic centre of town, the tourist ar [...]

03 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 25

Night Walk, Toronto, OntarioWe had walked a lot already, roaming the city for hours at a time. After a late supper and wine at Aloette, we walked along Queen St. W. from Spadina to the skating rink at City Hall, and back to our hotel. The last walk of the day, a winter night in the city among the streetcars, pedestrians, towers and lights. Location: Queen Street West, Toronto, OntarioLength: 1.5 kmCompanions: TomDate: 3 January, 2019 [...]

01 Jan 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 24

New Years Day, Burlington, OntarioA loop walk in the west end of Burlington, through the neighbourhoods and cemeteries just off of Plains Road, past the Austrian Club and Easterbrook's hotdog stand. Through a busy parking lot and down the trail into the wetlands of Hendrie Valley, following the path along Grindstone Creek, through what we used to call Lamb's Hollow, and across into Hidden Valley. The creek takes us from the end of one valley and through another, where we climb the hill and catch [...]

21 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 23

Winter Solstice, Burlington, OntarioIt was a short day, and an overcast day. The trees blackened from last night's rain. The sailboats are grounded, and the docks pulled out. The far shores of the bay architected by Hamilton's steel mills and the Burlington Skyway. There are many trees down in the park, decomposing in the damp. This walk is one of my old routes when I'm here: through LaSalle Park, down to the waterfront on Burlington Bay, follow the trail along the shore (where it is busy with o [...]

02 Dec 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 22

Waylaid Walking*, North Railway St., Medicine Hat, AlbertaThe other side of the tracks. Every tree was planted, every brick was formed with clay and fired with gas. Old hotel signs still in place to catch the eye of long-gone train travelers. Windows bricked up or boarded over, but the buildings still stand. The trees still stand. Polished railway tracks still cut through town. The road stays in place as its uses change and decline. Small odd businesses in between empty buildings: arts and craft [...]

20 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 21

Trail Walk, Redcliff, AlbertaAfter several days driving and several days sitting around, I was fairly desperate for a walk. Starting off through the neighbourhood, I picked up a trail that took me along the rim of the coulee, in between chainlinked backyards and the steep hills sloping down to the river valley.  It’s spacious, Alberta, so much bright sky and land, long views, flat horizons. The trail winds down the hill and loops through the coulee, coming up alongside the South Saska [...]

07 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 20

City Woods Walk, Hamilton, OntarioAn after-work walk on a stretch of the Rails-to-Trails pathway between Hamilton and Dundas. It’s a lovely place to walk, away from traffic, through the ravines and tall trees that are typical of this part of Ontario. We saw city wildlife - a deer flashed its tail and ran downhill into the brush, a rabbit never breaking its frozen crouch. Half the trees were bare skeletons against the dimming sky, and half still flaunted their fall colours. We walked and ta [...]

04 Nov 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 19

Old Quebec City, QuebecI love this city, the age of it, the architecture, the French. Taking a break from a cross-country drive, needing to move my stiff legs and aching hip, I set out for a stroll. It's a magical place, and I was happy to be there. No matter how aimlessly you walk, all streets seem to lead to the Chateau Frontenac and the promenade overlooking the St. Lawrence River. I picked up speed along the Promenade des Gouverneurs boardwalk. In the distance a silver autumn light joined th [...]

29 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 18

Freshwater Bay, NewfoundlandIt had rained all night and the woods smelled amazing. The trail was springy, with boardwalks over the wettest parts, and downhill all the way in. It opened onto a view over Freshwater pond, the bay, up the coast, and out to the ocean - the opposite view of our Southside Hills walk. A tea-coloured river tumbled out of the woods, which we crossed on a sturdy footbridge. We stepped from boulder to boulder across the barachois. Water everywhere, underfoot and in the air, [...]

27 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 17

Brigus Lighthouse Trail, Brigus, NewfoundlandIt was a glorious day, full of bright light and subtle colour, all backed by the blues of Conception Bay and sky. Time constraints kept us from hiking the length of the trail to the lighthouse, but we walked far enough for a good view from the headland to the north-east of Brigus. A stream ran across the trail and downhill into the sea. The light playing with moving water and the sound of it made us sit still in the sunshine for a little while at the [...]

24 Oct 2018 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 16

Quidi Vidi to Westend, St. John's, NewfoundlandA sunny, lovely day with crows: Quidi Vidi Gut, Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi Lake, the Dominionstore; the Anglican Cemetery, Government House, Military Road, Rawlins Cross, the Rooms; Long's Hill, back paths, side streets, Brine Street, Deanery. Location: Quidi Vidi to Westend, St. John's, NewfoundlandLength: 6 kmCompanions: CathiaDate: 24 October, 2018 [...]