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If you saunter, clomp, meander, shuffle, plod, jaunt, tramp, wander, stroll or just walk, this is a group for you! What is your favorite neighborhood walk? Where do you go for extended walks? Are you a fair-weather walker or an all-season walker?

Location: Portland, OR
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Latest Activity: Dec 19, 2015

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Comment by Mark McClure on March 30, 2012 at 10:20am

Greetings. As I prepare to wrap up my latest two-week visit to Alaska, I want to take a couple of minutes to thank those of you that have been active in this group since I started it in December 2010.

At this time, because of my need to spend increasingly more time in Alaska, I've decided to step out of my role as group moderator. If there is another group member that would like to assume the role, please contact Lorri or Angela.

Meanwhile, I'm going to continue walking wherever I happen to be. I'm looking forward to rediscovering some of the incredible walking/hiking trails I remember from my many years living in Alaska. Now and then, I'll post a photo of my travels via Twitter @MEMcClure. 

On a closing note, this photo is of my mom and me as we returned from Fairbanks yesterday. This particular location is now significant to me for two reasons. I will be always be reminded of the sweet times with my mom, and this location is close to the place where my spouse (who took the photo) and I and a few close friends completed a 60-mile trek through Denali National Park many years ago.

 

Comment by Mark McClure on February 18, 2012 at 3:18pm

Hello, again, from Alaska. I'll be here for the next week visiting family and friends. Since my trip up here a month ago, it has warmed up to +30 and there is a bunch of fresh snow. And right now, it is sunny and the mountains nearby are beautiful. I'm heading out for a walk in a few minutes.

Thanks, Rob, for your Beat Feet post the other day. Good pointers on local walking destinations. Perhaps we will pass each other on our walks, or maybe even meetup for a walk at some point?

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the February 6 Portland mayoral candidate forum on active transportation. However, thanks to Chris Smith of Portland Transport and the KBOO Bike Show, I was able to listen to a podcast of the event. Check it out. You can also read about the forum in Jeff Mapes' article "Portland mayoral candidates compete to praise bicycling, walking an..." on Oregon Live.

When you walk, do you record the number of steps you take? I try to get in at least 10,000 steps a day. This is the number of steps frequently recommended for exercise and health. Since I know that I take about 10K steps when I walk to and from my workplace, I don't typically record my M-F walks. That is, unless I take a new route. On the weekends when I go on extended walks, I usually like to know how far I've traveled. Last weekend, for example, I put on my new electronic pedometer and went for a long rambling walk around several Portland neighbors. It was fun exploring some new places. And when I was done, I found that I'd chalked up almost eight miles.

As I've mentioned before, walking also gives us a chance to see our neighborhoods up close. Here are a few photos to prove that. The last two photos are from my weekend walk, and the first two photos are from my walks to and from work. To combat the gray skies, my objective was to try to find whimsical and colorful things on my walks.

Comment by Angela Higgins on January 28, 2012 at 10:45am

Hey Mark, this is awesome information about walking! I will be sharing it in our next blog as I know others will love it, too. We have been so lucky with this weather! Today, again, sunny and blue skies! Are we in Colorado or Oregon? :)  Thanks for the tip on the apps you mentioned, too. 

Comment by Mark McClure on January 27, 2012 at 9:40am

A few quick updates on Portland walking.

On my walk to work yesterday, I *think* I felt the warmth of the sun. Is spring in the air? OK, maybe I'm rushing it a bit.
The photo below shows one of the more interesting sights that I see on one of my walk-to-work routes. There is also a collection of stone cairns nearby which I think are very cool. In addition to these items, on my walks to/from work, I also see poetry posts, chicken coops, tree houses, vegetable gardens, churches, schools, shops, parks, and the list goes on and on. I really like Portland's neighborhoods for this reason, and I've come to find that my work commute is one (two) of my favorites times of the day. How strange is that?


And speaking of Portland and walking...several days ago, the Alliance for Biking & Walking released their Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report. Here are two "top ten" lists that I copied and pasted from the report:

High to Low Ranking of Bicycling and Walking Levels

STATES
1. Alaska
2. Vermont
3. New York
4. Montana
5. Oregon <--
6. Hawaii
7. Massachusetts
8. South Dakota
9. Wyoming
10. Maine

CITIES
1. Boston
2. Washington, DC
3. San Francisco
4. Seattle
5. NewYork
6. Portland, OR <--
7. Minneapolis
8. Philadelphia
9. Honolulu
10. New Orleans

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet David Mays (Chief Executive Officer) and Ben Parzybok (founder/Chief Technical Officer) of the Northeast Portland software company, WalkerTracker. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to check out their program and service offerings and their community web site.

And since I'm an IT guy in addition to being a walker, I also recommend taking a look at Kaiser Permanente's Everybody Walk! web site and their cool (free) iPhone/Android walking app. And if you have a Twitter account, you can follow @everybodywalk to get inspirational messages and tips targeted to walkers. I see that they now have over 19,000 followers.

Finally, if you don't have a pedometer or a smart phone, or even if you do, you might be interested in taking a look at the new Nike+ Fuelband. I don't own the product, but I definitely considering purchasing it.

 

Comment by Mark McClure on January 11, 2012 at 9:57pm

Tonight, I attended the final open house for the Sullivan's Gulch Trail Concept Plan. Please take a few minutes to review the materials that have been drafted so far. The prospect of walking from the Eastbank Esplanade at the Willamette River to I-205 at Rocky Butte and the Gateway District is very exciting, especially for those of us that live in NE/SE Portland.

And speaking of trails...when I was in Alaska last week visiting family and friends, I stopped by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters. The museum is a must-see if you are ever in Wasilla. The 2012 Iditarod begins on March 3. You can follow race coverage online.

I did manage to get in a few walks when I was in Alaska. I was reminded that walking in -20 weather does require a face mask though.

Here is a snapshot of Joe Redington Sr. "Father of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race" and his dog, Feets. 

Comment by Mark McClure on November 19, 2011 at 10:02am

Re: my October 7 post about walking in the dark and rainy days... Here's a snapshot my daughter took after I got home from work the other night. Although you can't see it, I even have a red light flasher on the back of my backpack. Like I said, motorists and bicyclists see me!

 


 

Comment by Mark McClure on November 19, 2011 at 9:58am

I'm running a little behind in my posts... Last weekend, using a City of Portland Bureau of Transportation NE Portland Bike/Walk Map, I fashioned "NE Portland Parks" walk for myself. On my route, I was able to visit (briefly) the following parks and community gardens: Alberta Park, Buckman Field Park, Cully Community Garden, Everett Community Garden, Fernhill Park, Grant Park, Holladay Park, Hydro Park, Irving Park, Sabin Community Garden, Two Plum Park, and Wilshire Park. Whew!

This snapshot is of Irving Park. This weekend, I'm targeting a walk in SW Portland.

 

Comment by Mark McClure on November 2, 2011 at 7:52pm

Back from a two week trip to Alaska to visit family members. The photo below is from one of my walks along Knik Arm near my mom's house. (If the photo is squished in your browser, click it to open up the full image.) 

As of tonight, there are only 15 tickets left to The Weston Awards event this Saturday sponsored by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition. Don't miss out! I hope to see you there. Follow this link for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by Mark McClure on October 14, 2011 at 10:29pm

A pedestrian wayfinding sign that I pass on my walk to/from work.

 

Comment by Mark McClure on October 11, 2011 at 10:59pm

Not a Portland neighborhood walk but... I was able to get in a nice long walk on a couple of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank paths when I was in Eugene yesterday. When I lived in Eugene in the early '80's, I spent many hours running, bicycling and walking on the trails, paths and streets in Eugene. I'm looking forward to rediscovering them again when we travel down to visit our sons.

 

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