Odd but satisfying

This week, as far west as we can go!

But first, about last week:

The destination was the Copeland Transformer Station. And we’d been there before. And I’d just seen it on a map. So… you’d think I’d find it pretty easily.

Wrong! But we had fun anyway, all over the map. First, I thought the theme of the walk’s photos could be interesting words. Then… there were train tracks and murals and something rather amusing in the form of a labour-of-love Lego project to admire! Thanks to Louise for recommending that: it is a hoot, and not done justice by photos. Good fun to see in person, though.

Stay tuned. Better route-planning ahead. Perhaps!

Just a few pix:

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, April 15, 2018:

Meet at the West End Y, at our usual 9:00.

WestWalking is Walking West! Not into the sunset, mind you, but bright and early on a wintry spring morning. I hope you’ll join us. The plan is just to keep walking west, as far as we want. And then turn around. The same route, or some interesting alternative, will be determined when we are just about half-tired! Great way to start the day. And maybe there’ll be snow. Oh joy! Isn’t this an interesting spring?

See you then. Yes, tea, coffee, and mulled cider may well be served. Iced café? Later. Apparently much later!

Coming right up:

Earth Day. Jane’s Walk. Tree Identification and more! Curious? Join us!

See you soon!

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A spring break

This week: looks chilly!

What did you get up to, last week?

No photos to share this week, sorry. I’ve been busy with work and family. But I hope you took a walk on Sunday! Many of the usual walkers have been away. Or are still travelling. So we shall save some of the promised adventures until a few more folks return to TO. And, maybe, until the weather gets a bit nicer! But let’s take a walk this Sunday!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, April 08,  2018:

Meet at the Y at our usual time: 9:00.

Bundle up, it may be very cold! I know: we thought winter was over! Well, there’s still plenty to see and some fresh air to share. We will head over to the foot of the CN Tower, an area we’ve explored before. This time, our destination is the Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station. In order to replace aging hydro infrastructure, this (seemingly-endless) project was devised to bury some of the equipment and create an interesting park space, while updating service. There have been many, costly delays. But it may be almost done. And it is certainly worth a look. There is plenty of public art and public rambling space in the old railroad turntable area. Let’s go see. Definitely plenty of photo opportunities!

Coming right up:

Spring is on the way, or so they tell us. Let’s plan for some spring and summer walks! Jane’s Walk and Doors Open Toronto weekends are coming up soon (the beginning and end of May). I’ve registered for one Jane’s Walk, already. I’ll let you know a bit more about that too, but if you agree that it would be an excellent Sunday morning exploration of a special place we’ve always wanted to visit together… you can register, too! Have a look here, on Facebook (if you’re a Facebook person), see what you think of this great-sounding Scarborough Bluffs walk, and sign up (“Interested” or “Going”) if you like. This is where we’ll walk on Sunday, May 06. More good fun ahead. Stay tuned.

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Small, square wander

SORRY, NO WALK THIS WEEK!

But first, about last week:

A couple of us walked north, then west, then south, then back east (the last bit had a few zigzags in it!). It was a bright day and perfect for a neighbourhood square walk. We tried to allow just 30 minutes per direction. It almost worked! But… there was a little detour, with a bit of shopping. Yes, we dropped in at Through Being Cool and acquired a few delicious vegan treats for later. Plus: a hot beverage for the road. Nice.

Check it out:

Sorry, no donut photos! 🙂 (Join us next time, to see those.)

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, April 01, 2018

NO WALK planned for this weekend. (Not an April Fools’ day joke.)

I’m taking the day off to catch up with family. I hope you’ll all go for a walk anyway, as it could be a beautiful spring day. Some of you are home. Some are in Laos! Curacao! Mexico! Florida! How wonderful! (So, get out there and walk! :-))

We’ll get together for a great Sunday morning wander, NEXT WEEK.

In the meantime, for those who are travelling, and the rest of us busy with family, work, life, and more… I wish you a very happy Easter or Passover. Enjoy the weekend. I hope there will be bright skies and slightly warmer weather. Don’t worry: summer is on the way!

Coming right up:

Adventurous spring and summer walks ahead: Scarborough Bluffs, Leslie Spit, at least one voyage to the Islands (let’s hope we make it to the Strawberry Fair again)… and more. Requests have been made for various repeats of a few fave spots, so Montgomery’s Inn is back on the to-do list. As is Fleur du jour, the French bakery on St. Clair. I know that’s not really a walking exploration, but it certainly is a lovely culinary adventure. (And we can do a little extra walking afterwards, if you know what I mean.) We may go back to Glen Stewart ravine and the Beach area again, too.

As always, I’ll suggest some Doors Open Toronto explorations to share. And a Jane’s Walk or two. Sounds like a very good walking season.

Keep on walking, and we’ll see you soon!

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And… we’re back!

This week: a spring morning walk.

But first, about last week:

Did you take a walk? I certainly did! Have a peek at the Roosevelt area (in Phoenix), Brin’s Mesa (outside Sedona, Arizona), the south rim of the Grand Canyon (in snow!!), The Top of the World (a slight exaggeration, but lovely, outside Laguna Beach, California), and a few other pix from my recent trip. It was a treat to have a break from work to share some time with family and friends.

If you did the same… maybe while walking… perfect!

And, as usual, I can say: there was French toast! 🙂

Click on any photo for slide show version – makes reading captions easier, too.

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, March 25,  2018:

Meet at the Y at our usual time: 9:00.

A cool, sunny day is forecast. Let’s see what we can find! This walk will definitely wrap up before noon. So join us for a little fresh spring air and see something new (or maybe something old).  I have no fancy route planned for this Sunday. I’m still a bit jet-lagged! We can decide where to walk, together. Maybe we’ll see how far we can walk in one hour, and then turn around. Easy! Step counters and sunglasses… ready!

Coming right up:

Amazing spring and summer walks ahead: the Scarborough Bluffs, another trip to the Leslie Spit, at least one voyage over to the Islands… and more! Requests have been made for various repeat visits, so Montgomery’s Inn is back on the to-do list. Other ideas?

I’d love to hear your walking suggestions. Have you seen interesting buildings, lanes, public art, parks, markets, astounding views, historical sites, or even cafés (!) that we should visit? Let’s plan.

See you soon!

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City art, all over

See you NEXT weekend.

But first, about last week:

How have you been?

I’m enjoying my holiday immensely. Plenty of walking, I assure you!

Will just share a few interesting things here, as I’m doing this from my phone and an iPad mini – not the most convenient arrangement for photo editing and sharing!

So, just a few photos from wanderings in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, last week. Since then? Sedona and Grand Canyon, south rim. Some of the latter, in snow!!!! Onward tomorrow, to California.

Plenty to tell, but here, just a few shots of interesting public art. I thought you might enjoy these.

Have a look:

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, March 18, 2018
:

You decide!

I’ll be in California  but I will walk! And I’d be pleased to hear that you did, too. Where will you go? Do tell!

 

COMING RIGHT UP:

Ideas for future walks? Let me know. Can do!

Our next walk together will be on March 25. Our first spring 2018 walk! I’ll bet a “spring flowers walk” would be a little premature, so I’ll be in touch soon, with something much more likely!

See you on the 25th!

 

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks around Toronto.

Thanks for helping the winter fly past!

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Travelling!

I’m away… but you can still walk!

But first, about last week:

About our micro-mural-hot-chocolate-walk!

And about MEGAwalk!

Descriptions with each photo. Scroll through and enjoy! I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!

Click on any photo for a carousel slideshow.

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, March 11, 2018:

I’ll be walking in Arizona!  So far, so good! (that’s why I’m sending this post so late!)

What will YOU do? Where will YOU go? Add a comment here… now, or later… and let us know where you went, who went with you, and what you saw! Plenty of things to do and explore. Have a fabulous weekend!

Coming right up:

Spring walking, when I get home… on the first day of spring! I’ll be in touch before then, though.

See you soon!

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Beach encore

This week, just one mural. New and fun!
But first, about last week:

Winter Stations is now an annual habit. We’ve gone to The Beach to see these lifeguard-station-inspired installations since the beginning of the event, and they are always interesting. This year, we enjoyed looking and thinking… and wondering! There were smiles. And some head-scratching, too. Some works were a bit damaged, as always. It seems that no one quite understands the damage the lake winds can inflict. We also suspected that one piece was vandalized, which was rather sad. And one piece looked nifty but its actual function was no longer functioning! I wouldn’t call that vandalism, exactly. More like… too much use enjoyed!

Here is how Make Some Noise was supposed to sound. (IMPORTANT HINT! turn your volume down a bit, before hitting play! This is much louder than we expected! Of course… we heard… nothing! Alas.)

Still, kudos to all for the creative vision and sense of fun that these took. I definitely plan to go next year, too. As with a few things we’ve seen this year, I must say that I enjoy winter events with a bit of snow on the beach! (Sorry… not trying to provoke any March snowstorms! Just saying.)

We had a fun diner brunch at The Tulip, and then most of us continued walking. I made it almost all the way home, until I realized I needed to get on with my day! (Arrived home at 4:30, but I admit there was a trip to Bulk Barn in there!)

Have a look at our day:

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, March 04, 2018
:

Meet at the Y at our usual time, 9:00 a.m.

This will be a short morning walk, since a bunch of us will have enjoyed a speedy 10km walk on the day before (more on that in a moment). So, let’s go see Uber 5000’s fun new mural in Graffiti Alley. The pictures I’ve seen are very cute – and there are a few Toronto references I think we’ll all enjoy. Then, maybe just a tea or coffee and call it a day? More on this, at the time. I would like to wrap up around 11, if possible.

ON THE OTHER HAND! If it’s 10km you’re hankering for… please join us the DAY BEFORE – on Saturday, March 03, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the West End Y, for our MEGAwalk spectacular track-walk! We’ll be indoors, so please don’t forget indoor gear – and your water bottle!

A bit about Megathon: The event is a fundraiser. If you want to participate in this excellent initiative to benefit youth and family programs at the Y, please visit the website. Sign up. Contribute. Look for our TEAM (“west walking” – of course!) and feel free to join our team. Any donation is most welcome, if you’d enjoy doing that. And your walking participation is encouraged! People are always amazed that we easily manage 100 laps of the track in under two hours. (Sheesh! Nothin’ to it!)

We’d be delighted to meet you in the lobby at around 12:55. Let me know if you’ll join us. Yes, we’re still planning a little refreshment, afterwards. Right across the street.

These two walks will be my last WESTwalks for a few weeks. I’ll be back on Sunday, March 25th, for another interesting wander! In the meantime, I will still send a weekly post and newsletter, in case you want to get together to walk. (I suggest it!) But I know it doesn’t always happen when I’m away. So, maybe you’ll find your own route to walk? If so, please let us know about it. Maybe share a photo or two? I’ll gladly post them here (with your permission!).

COMING UP LATER:

Great spring festivals and events to enjoy, including two favourites: Jane’s Walk (early May) and Doors Open Toronto (late May). Check out those websites, if you like. You may want to schedule more than just one walk with us! We’ll be pleased to hear which of those many walks appeal to you. Maybe we’ll go together.

 

As always, do feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks around Toronto. Your walking friends are our walking friends! 🙂

We’ll see you soon for another great Sunday morning. Thanks for helping the winter fly past! Spring is definitely on the way.

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