christopher575 (christopher575) wrote,

Doing a lap

I've long been fascinated by the distances pedestrians are expected to walk in certain spots in Everett in order to not actually go very far. The worst example I can think of is the freeway interchange near Everett Mall. If you're on one side and need to be on the other, you're expected to walk down to the next major road and back up via the Interurban trail, which is three miles instead of about one. I've seen people walk on the side of the highway, but I wouldn't recommend it, especially due to the onramp you have to cross.

In my neighborhood, it's not Forest Park that's blocking so much of the way, even though it's so big, but rather the huge greenbelt along Pigeon Creek that runs South of it. If you're on one side and want to be on the other, you might have to go as far as two miles. I've been thinking about that area recently, and decided to circumnavigate the park and greenbelt today for the first time in a while.

Today's awesome walk, 4.9 miles in 1:28, 10,537 steps, 437ft gain
4.9 miles in 1:28, 10,537 steps, 437ft gain

This is the absolute shortest route following roads, and I highly doubt there's a way through in the woods anywhere since the creek would have to be crossed. Of course as soon as I typed that, I had to go have a look in some satellite views and now see some things worth investigating. Not that they'd be of any use to me, but I'm a completist that way. Just now I thought I spotted something on the map I'd never seen. Turns out it's a little path I've been on that leads to a gazebo in the middle of the woods. And it's private property belonging to the surrounding neighborhood.

Anyway, I wasn't in much of a photo mood today. Probably because it's been a while since I looped all the way around the park, and I kept having to stop and consult my map. I was rather taken by the ridiculousness of these power lines, though.


I hope I live long enough to see power lines go away.

I saw yet another rabbit near a house in the neighborhood. The first time, I figured it lived in the woods and just happened to be near the house, but now I'm wondering if they have several rabbits that are free to roam around.


I also saw the neighborhood cat we call Blanket on our street.


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