Last weekend we explored a new beach! We went for a very short walk at a beach just before Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park. Besides exploring this beach, I was trying out a new app to record walks and hikes. It seems to have worked really well. Check out Lawrencetown -1 at EveryTrail.com. The trace of our short walk actually shows where we walked and it looks like we walked through the water – we didn’t, but that’s ok – it was low tide. If you want to compare – I did list the walk on my regular HRM map as well.
This app from EveryTrail was easy to install on the mobile phone and easy to use. There are all kinds of trips recorded and available at EveryTrail.
Later we popped over to Lawrencetown Beach where the cobbles cover the shore.
If you are lucky, you live somewhere where walking is easy, where the streets are friendly to walkers, where you can easily walk to the important places in your life, where neighbourhoods are alive. People often say that Halifax is a walkable city. It certainly seems so to me – at least for downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. What does that mean really? Well, ideas vary.
There is lots of dialogue around “walkability” as it relates to community. Jane’s Walk is a great place to find references to walking and walkability. In particular if you are a facebook user, like their facebook page for regular links to interesting walking related material. For example there was a link to this article at project for public spaces.
The Crisis in American Walking by Tom Vanderbilt posted in Slate on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, is the first in a series of articles about walking and especially walking in the United States.
For anyone interested in walking from many perspectives this is a great series about walking. Have a read, there are some really interesting references to follow-up as well.
This weekend there are walks all over the world promoting getting to know your community by walking in memory of Jane Jacobs. It is a wonderful idea and I am looking forward to taking in a few of the walks planned for Halifax tomorrow. Jane’s Walk explains –
Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.
Yesterday, listening to CBC radio I heard Dr. Stanley Vollant interviewed. He is walking to First Nations communities in Quebec. I walk to keep me sane; Dr. Vollant is walking to inspire Aboriginal youth. People walk for all sorts of different reasons and Dr. Vollant in his interview touched on some of these. Check out this article to discover more about his project or listen here to hear the interview that promoted this post about an inspiring man and his project.
At lunch today – a quick walk around the fort – the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. There is a road/street which completely circles the upper perimeter of the fort; and with the road there is a side walk. I didn’t meet anyone today; it was cold, wet and slippery, but usually there are walkers and runners early in the morning and at noon. The citadel is up high in the city and getting there can be a bit of a work out, but the actual walk around the fort covers a relatively small grade on an even crushed rock path. It only takes 15 minutes to completely circle the fort.
There are many wonderful pictures on flickr including aerials that show the fort in the city.
…My immediate neighbourhood has changed. As of 2010, I am based in the Halifax Regional Municipality – HRM, still in Nova Scotia. After a period of transition (the last 12 months or so) I expect to post more regularly. Rather than begin a new blog, I have opted to adapt hikes i like showing ( I hope) the continuity in my walking life. Besides, the Annapolis Valley will continue to be a part of our larger neighbourhood.
These comments appear on my about page as an expansion of the original purpose of hikes i like.