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The TART Trail* is a network of trails for wonderful walking, biking, rollerblading, etc. David Kirby, a local artist and high school physics teacher, led a project to install the planets in our solar system along a paved portion of the trail, to scale. The sun is located at the main library, while Pluto is near Bunker Hill Road, approximately six miles away. It really puts things in perspective when you walk that distance! Of course, a little ice cream never hurts.
*Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail, or “TART” because Traverse City is a huge producer of cherries.
The San Pedro River flows north out of Mexico until it hits the Gila River, then heads west dumping into the Colorado River, ultimately draining into the Pacific Ocean.
Via the Bureau of Land Management:
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA) contains almost 57,000 acres of public land in Cochise County, Arizona, between the international border and St. David, Arizona. Congress designated the riparian area as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. Some 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River meanders through the area.
The primary purpose for the special designation is to protect and enhance the desert riparian ecosystem, a rare remnant of what was once an extensive network of similar riparian systems throughout the American Southwest.
The San Pedro River runs through the Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert in southeastern Arizona. It contains one of the most important riparian areas in the United States.
More than 80 species of mammals, two native species and several introduced species of fish, more than 40 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 100 species of breeding birds call the river home. It also provides invaluable habitat for 250 species of migrant and wintering birds and contains archaeological sites showing remnants of human occupation from 13,000 years ago.
This is one of our favorites because it’s never the same walk twice! There are soooo many ways to get from the Mission to the beach & each one is prettier than the next. You can wander til your heart’s content & I promise each time you take the walk you’ll always see something new😀
Instead of going to the gym, we get our exercise from long walks around the city. This is a route that we usually take on bikes in warm weather. The most challenging part of this route is planning out the beverage and bathroom breaks!
In the early 1990s, we went on an Owl Prowl at Green Point Nature Center led by Ray Clay, a volunteer for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. I was amazed at Mr. Clay’s owl-calling abilities, sense of humor, and activism. Mr. Clay passed away in March of 1994. In April of 1994, the Refuge planted an ornamental plum tree on its premises in his honor. Even though Owl Prowls continue to be held, I feel very privileged that Mr. Clay was our guide.
Here is my entry for the “Where We Walk” challenge. This map shows a family hike we love along the Mist Trail in beautiful Yosemite National Park. It features some picturesque landmarks that can be enjoyed along the way and my two favorite hiking buddies make an appearance as well. I love that daddy and daughter enjoy the outdoors together!
The Labor Day Bridge Walk is the most anticipated walk of the year, as you can only walk the Mackinac Bridge on that one day of the year (2020 excluded, of course). It’s not just a walk; it’s an event! Buses transport you across the bridge, then you walk back. After crossing, you get a numbered certificate, then go explore the town. Many businesses post a number in their window, and if it happens to match the number on your certificate, you win a prize! Scott and I walked it in 1994, but I took some liberties with the local destinations (some, like the Indian Museum and the Woolen Mill, were no longer operating by that date). I loved everything about Mackinaw City, particularly as a child when my sister and I were allowed to roam the streets unsupervised. I loved shopping for (and wore out many) moccasins, belts, and those fabulous “mystery bags”! Once, I even secretly purchased the jackknife I had been coveting...then sliced my finger, all of which went unnoticed. The whole town was a playground!
This summer I worked at Yellowstone National Park and the geyser basin was my literal backyard. With predicted and spontaneous eruptions, there was always something new to see while walking among the thermal features.