Stockholm, Sweden, SE
This map shows a typical urban hike I might take from my apartment on the island of Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden. I start with the overlook at Monteliusvägen, continue through Mariatorget, the square in my neighborhood, then I continue over to the lookout from Skinnarviks park, where you can see Stadshuset (city hall) and the apartments along Norr Mälarstrand. From there, I head to the allotment gardens located in Tanto park, then a stop by Fabrique bakery where I might pick up a tasty cinnamon bun or fresh loaf of levain bread for an afternoon fika (coffee break). On my way back to my apartment, if it is the weekend, a stop by Röde Orm to pick up a pizza dough for homemade pizza is a must!
This place is special to me because it's my secret winter escape. OK, maybe not so secret as thousands of snowbirds have discovered it as well. I love Tucson not only for the fun breweries, tasty eats, farmers markets, cool shops, and fascinating historical sights but the city is surrounded by nature. To the north you can hike at Catalina State Park and Sabino Canyon, to the east and west you'll find both sections of Saguaro National Park. When hiking you may be surprised to find the desert teems with life like hummingbirds, phainopeplas, hawks, roadrunners, ringtail cats and javelinas. The cactus wren pictured here is the state bird of Arizona. Hope you like my map! :) Come explore the desert!
FORT COLLINS, CO, US
My home away from home, the British Virgin Islands! Sunday mornings were hiking days and I had a few lucky occasions to join in on the fun. Walks in the rain or even getting caught in the bush without a machete still bring up fond memories. One small hike even brought us to a kayak spot for a little trip around the bay. With the help of our fearless hiking leader, this map was created as the group continues to hike around the island and provide me video and photo updates while being locked in Colorado. I can’t wait for our new adventures!
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Discovery Gardens is a sprawling residential community inspired by garden living. Though it's located at one end of Dubai, I love living in this community as it is surrounded by lush green landscapes and it is great for long walks. There are so many birds and flora that it does not feel like a part of Dubai. During the Lockdown, I walked a lot in the mornings around this community.
I'd love to share with you one of my family's favorite walk route! Explore so many amazing spots along the Embarcadero. There are popular tourists locations such as Pier 39 and Boudin bakery and also hidden gems inside the Ferry Building. Enjoy your day exploring all of them!
One of my favorite walks in any season is through the historic village of Kinderhook in upstate New York. The village was home to the 8th president of the US, Martin Van Buren, and today has a great mixture of history, agriculture and art. The center of the village is very pedestrian friendly with sidewalks and a bike/walk trail that takes you on a quiet stroll past orchards & farms.
Southwest desert hiking trail featuring common wildlife and plants. This is a local favorite - the bottom of the trail has a lot of people but as you climb higher you get the fantastic views all to yourself. It is state trust land and it is filled with creatures, if you are lucky enough to see them.
I walk 10,000 steps almost every day in the Cooper River Park. For years, I have seen rabbits, squirrels, Canadian geese, ducks, turtles, racoons, cardinals and blue jays, seagulls, groundhogs, and even a fox and a deer, among other animals. I want to show how lucky I feel to be able to walk among such amazing company.
I live in charming little town call Aylmer in the province of Québec next to Ottawa (Ontario province) the national capital of Canada. The fun with this town is the fact that we live right next to the National Gatineau Parc. Outdoor sport is part of our daily life. The French Quebec province also offer plenty of lovely restaurant, coffee shop (crêpe et croissant) and a cute market during weekend.
This little strip of rainforest is my go-to stroll. Wedged between a creek and a hill, this little path in Sechelt British Columbia has become its own little neighbourhood and gets visited daily by people and wildlife alike.