Up For An Urban Adventure?

by Kimberly A. Cook                     (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

While the East Coast hunkered down for snowstorm Jonas last Friday, those of us on the West Coast felt a little guilty. On my way back from grocery shopping that day I decided to take a detour and check out a park by the river. I drive by the road to the park each work day on my way to and from the day job, but I’d never taken the turn less travelled, so to speak.

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A river, a boat and tranquility. Ah. 

 

I wound through an industrial area and continued around a few curves and then right there, a park! Motoring into the little gem, I found a nice parking lot with bleachers and restrooms, lots of grass and a boat launch. There were quite a few people out unloading fishing gear, vacant boat trailers and some people just watching the river from their vehicles.

Being close to water calms me down. Not necessarily in it, unless it’s a hot tub, but I love a bubbling brook, stream or the crash of the ocean. One of the books on my nightstand right now is “Writing Wild” by Tina Welling. It’s all about getting in touch with nature to increase your creativity.

In these days of hurry, rush, too much traffic, noise and digital everything its the perfect time to reconnect with nature and take a calm break. Now the folks back East got a little too much nature this past weekend, but some hardy souls enjoyed it if they had power and snacks.

Saw people on tv playing in the snow in Central Park and Times Square in New York and sledding down the “Rocky” steps at the art museum in Philadelphia. Definitely a one-of-a-kind urban snow adventure.

Do you have natural places close by you pass and never visit?  Do you take them for granted? Maybe it’s time to stop and smell the trees!

 

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5 responses to “Up For An Urban Adventure?

  1. Karen

    Yes! I love Mt. Scott Creek hike, Mt.Talbot park loop and over the top when I have the stamina, Kayaking along the Columbia slough and seeing the herons and owls and often no one else, or around Fairview Lake…..ahhhh just the sound of water and the float…can’t wait for spring! Loved the walk yesterday in the sun and looking forward to our week of great weather in February!

  2. We discovered Dodge Park this past summer, a lovely, well-maintained picnic and camping area along the Clackamas River. Wonderful afternoon drive to decompress from bathroom remodeling.

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