Day Three Hundred Twenty-seven

Today, we visited Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. The single-digit wind-chills kept our walking around campus to a minimum, but we still enjoyed ourselves. The Titans were playing an NCAA Division III playoff game while we were there which added a festive feel to the campus.

I had hoped to walk on Bloomington-Normal’s Constitution Trail today while we were in town. We had walked on a northern portion of this trail back in March, liked it, and wanted to walk some more of it. Unfortunately, it was just too cold today. Maybe next time.

I only took one picture all day, but it was of a wind farm on our way home.

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Day Three Hundred Thirteen

The University of Chicago and the Robie House

What a great day for a walk today! The sun was shining brightly, and the few clouds in the sky were puffy and white. Even the temperatures were comfortable. My husband, daughter, youngest son, and I left early for a swim meet at the University of Chicago, so that we could take a walk around campus.

U of C 1Unfortunately, I forgot my camera but thankfully was still able to document the colorful ivy-covered halls, churches, and Gothic buildings with my phone.

U of C 2In our wanderings, we also walked past Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. I have always loved this house.

IMG_20131109_123454By this point, I really wished that I hadn’t forgotten my camera, but with all of the interesting architecture and colors to see, we still had a great walk!

Day Three Hundred Six

Road Trip

We hit the road today for St. Louis, Missouri, to visit our middle son at Washington University. It was great to have the entire family together for the first time since December.

U City, MOWe enjoyed walking around campus and near campus in my son’s neighborhood. Different architecture in the homes, apartments, and churches made for a beautiful neighborhood. The trees were hitting their peak fall colors, yet some of the flowers were still hanging on to summer. It was lovely walking.

Great day!

Day One Hundred Thirty-two

Jimmy Carter Center and Freedom Park Trail

Freedom Park Trail

We are still visiting Atlanta for our daughter’s graduation from Emory University.  We had an open block of time after the baccalaureate service and brunch, so we went on Traillink.com, found the nearby Freedom Park Trail, and went for a walk.

Although we have visited Atlanta numerous times over the years, we have never been to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.  We still haven’t actually visited, but we have now officially parked in the former president’s parking lot and walked the lovely grounds.

We also crossed over to the nearby Freedom Park Trail. This well-used trail winds near the edge of downtown Atlanta connecting parks, neighborhoods, and historical sites.  In addition to great views of the city, we saw people of all ages walking, biking, and running.  What a great way to spend an hour!

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Good day, good walk!

Day One Hundred Thirty-one

Walking on Campus

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We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, today for our daughter’s graduation from Emory University.  After helping her move some things and settling in to our on-campus lodgings, we took a long walk around campus.  Between the lovely architecture and  thousands of chairs arranged on the quad, things were looking great!

Emory CampusGood day, good walk!

Day Sixty-eight

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A  Paved Trail and a Tall Tale

Time of walk:  2:15 PM

Temperature:  cloudy 43° (felt like 35°)

Weather:  Mostly cloudy, intermittent drizzle

I could not figure out where would be a good place to walk today.  Every idea I came up with, I had to reject.  Some of Tuesday’s large snowfall had melted, but any walkways that hadn’t been cleared would still be slushy and slippery.  We needed some place that would have enough pedestrian traffic that plowing would have been a necessity.

I was flipping through the channels this morning and stopped at the local PBS station.  They were airing a Geoffrey Baer tour documentary on Chicago’s South Suburbs.  They showed Governor’s State University (GSU) along with its Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.  Aha, our walking destination problem was solved!

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My husband, youngest son, and I headed to GSU hoping for a paved path in the sculpture park.  (Only one side of the park was paved, but we still had a nice walk.)  We’ve been to GSU many times, because they have the area’s only performing arts facility, and it’s a nice auditorium.  Our daughter, who danced for years, had her biannual recital/dance productions at this facility.  Despite the many visits though, we’ve never really walked around until today.

We walked along Alumni Path, a long paved path that cuts from the main buildings to the Metra Electric train station–a much shorter route than the roadway.  Part of this path goes along the edge of the sculpture park.  We saw some fun stuff, and our feet stayed relatively dry!

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Paul Bunyon

Good day, good walk!