with the return of the school year
comes the return of our outdoor adventure days.
“we could have never loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”
The longest road in the world to walk is from Cape Town (South Africa) to Magadan (Russia).
No need for planes or boats, there are bridges.
It’s 22,387 km and it takes 4,492 hours to run it.
It would be 187 days walking non-stop, or 561 days walking 8 hours a day.
The route passes through 17 countries, six time zones and all seasons of the year.
“all walking is discovery, on foot we take the time to see things whole.”
*Harold “Hal” Glen Borland was an American author, journalist and naturalist. In addition to writing many non-fiction and fiction books about the outdoors, he was a staff writer and editorialist for The New Yorker.
credits: united humanists
bird hills park
dhu varen park
eberwhite woods park
loving all the forts, both big and small that i’ve discovered as i continue my journey through the ann arbor parks. forts are very sacred places. lots of heart and hard work go into the making of them – special spaces to meet and hang out with your gang.
(i’m about half way through the parks now -through the letter ‘i’)
– 80 down and 80-ish to go! –
“i have a lot of growing up to do. i realized that the other day inside my fort. “
as i’ve been walking and exploring
the parks and outdoor recreation areas around town
i realize how many i have yet to visit
so i’ve decided to walk in each of the parks
in ann arbor
all 159+ of them
to see what is unique about each
with more than
2,000 acres of parkland
a river, dams, falls, hills, ponds, gardens,
woods, meadows, prairies, and rec areas
found in spaces ranging from
tiny neighborhood green spots to wide open expanses
i see an adventure ahead
with no planned deadline or timeline
so i began the list alphabetically yesterday
and have walked 2 of them so far
only 157+ to go.
“parks are works of art just as a painting or sculpture is.”
credits: ann arbor parks and recreation
we went outside
on a class hike
picked up things
played in the water
saw some pretty little stuff
and saw some big and beautiful stuff
and tried to figure out
how to get way up there
then we found this
think it was a message
left for us
and decided it was true
and our adventure
was even better.
land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life,
the outside, the unknown.
– stephen gardiner
i went with mg
the old greenhouse
of interesting artifacts
from past eras
i had to look
that had been
venture to say
for a good reason
courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear,
not absence of fear.
– – mark twain