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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-27 06:50
Subject: [personal] Legging the stretch
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Tags:nature, personal, portland
For the first time in quite a while, I walked my two-hour loop this morning, pre-dawn. That includes a stretch on the Springwater Trail, by the Johnson Creek Trailhead. Springwater is a linear park, that is, an abandoned railroad right-of-way that's been converted to several dozen miles of hike-and-bike trail. The part I can reach from my house includes a stretch through a wooded canyon. In windy, wet dark I shared that space with peeping frogs and crying nighthawks.

It was nice to be walking at pace, for distance, and just let my heart and soul be occupied by the world.

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User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2011-03-27 16:02 (UTC)
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Best medicine in the world.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-03-27 20:37 (UTC)
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Sounds delightful, both for what you saw & heard & experienced and b'c it sounds like you're feeling far better now so you can get back to doing this (and perhaps from doing this).

I've walked some of the Springwater trail as part of an Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge 'n' Oaks Park Amusement Park (such a Scooby-Do place!) jaunt several years back. The start is right across the street from Em-Space, not that far from the Hive, and I look forward to exploring more of't eventually. For now though, it's Forest Park Forest Park Forest Park for me. (Although the great article you linked to of Top 10 Columbia Gorge hikes appeals as well, 'specially the wildflower-laden ones :-)
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-03-27 22:03 (UTC)
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Sounds great. Skiing early this morning was like that. DH and I got first tracks on one run, running through ankle-deep powder, soft and silent.
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