Do you ever have those quintessential summer moments? Or maybe it's a Portland moment. Or maybe it's just a all-is-right-with-the-world moment. When you're just really happy? I had some of that yesterday. AdRi, Wink and I walked 4.5 miles in the Sunday Parkways event in North Portland. It was really fun. 6 miles of roads were closed to cars, and the streets were filled with walkers and their dogs, runners, kids on skateboards and scooters. And then there were the bicyclists. Holy crap. There's a lot of bikers in Portland, in case you didn't know. And that means a lot of different kinds of bikes. We originally thought we'd ride our bikes, but wanted Wink to enjoy the walk. She kept wanting to get on the sidewalk, and it was hard for her to understand we could walk in the middle of the street. She's such a good dog. And of course she had her walking outfit on. I know I know. I've become the woman who dresses up her little white poodle. I don't care. It's fun. Here's Wink taking a break at our halfway point. Restin' in the rose garden.
To come to intersections where the cops were there to make sure the cars stopped for us? Wow. To walk in the middle of the road? Wow. To walk through parts of my own neighborhood I had never walked before? Wow. To discover a secret pedestrian crossing over Interstate 5? Wow. It was really fun. See? Here I am with one of my favorite finds on the walk.
Can you imagine getting in and out of that thing in a dress and heels? I'd rather not.
There are a lot of really great photos on Flickr of yesterdays events. Go check them out. And let's hope there are plenty more Sunday Parkways events in the future. We loved it.