Over the Bridge We Go

For the week’s urban hike installment, Pooch, Bestie and I set our sights on the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Note the use of the word island. The only way over, besides swimming or paddling, is to walk across the I-90 Floating Bridge. It is the second longest floating bridge in the world and an official…

Will Walk For Books

Welcome to Independent Bookstore Day 2017, urban hike style! I thought we could cover the middle loop from Greenwood to Downtown Seattle, but we covered the Green Lake Loop in eight hours, reaching five stores. Granted, there was much book browsing and stopping in non-bookstore locales, and, with all of that, it turned into an…

Hitting the Mark

I finally cracked the code! After working on this goal off and on for years, my fellow swimmer gave me a tip: tumble turns. When he was learning how to swim, he was told to touch the wall before turning. That puts you at the perfect distance from the wall for nailing it every time.…

Watch the Sunrise

Google says, “Watching the sunrise outdoors statistically increases your odds of having a good day. And needing a nap after lunch.” I can count the number of times I have watched the sunrise. Despite being an early riser, I am not often outdoors when the sun is rising. I am getting ready, I am driving…

A Beach Revisited

The hidden beach was so beautiful that I had to take Bestie and Pooch. We met early and took advantage of the sunshine, heading to the waterfront trail. The seals were also enjoying the sun, bobbing and splashing in the waves, teasing Pooch. Here, I must interrupt with a confession, every time I walk out…

Tiptoe Amongst the Tulips

I received a pedometer in the mail today. As the sun was shining, I decided to go for a walk and test it out; 8586, it says. I almost chose to walk the trail but decided to go walk my neighborhood, and I am so glad I did. The tulips were going gangbusters. If I…

Flippity Flip

I tried very hard not to psych myself out and wound up surprising myself. I let go of the chase for perfection and decided to try my best. I nailed the wall a couple times on my turns. It felt good and I was in a groove, swimming strong and leading the crew. That was…