Well, this week was a bit more productive though it wasn’t all from walking.  I’m including other activities in my total so there’s a Fluidity session and a Yoga class in there as well.  I also started training for the Couch to 5k on Friday so part of this (a small part) was running, not just walking!

My total for the week is: 23.53 miles.

On this walk I would have visited:

  • Woodson
  • Marshland
  • Clatskanie
  • Delena
  • Alston
  • Ranier
  • Lindbergh

Total miles walked so far:  51,83

I’m so bummed. It looks like the trip I’ve been planning is on the back burner for a while. Not sure when or if it will be rescheduled which is a bummer.  I’d sort of set my heart and mind on going away for a while so now I have to adjust to being stuck in Portland for a while longer.

So, virtual walking it is…at least for the foreseeable future. I might get to go skiing tomorrow though which would be wonderful!

The walk this week was a bit pathetic.  I only walked a measly 8.3 miles.  Ugh.  I was just a lump, but now I’m really motivated for next week.

Had I gone on this walk I would have walked through/near the following places:

  • Clifton, OR
  • Wauna, OR
  • Oklahoma Hill, OR
  • Westport, OR

I would have seen sites like this:

Total distance walked to date: 28.3 miles.

In week 1 I walked 20 miles.

Virtual Walk Around the World W1

I started my virtual walk around the world in Astoria, Oregon.

“The area of Astoria and Warrenton is a nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies; a place that takes visitors back to simpler times, its architecture dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides and with a revitalized 1920s era downtown; all set against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty in the temperate rain forest at the mouth of the Columbia River. Visitors have an opportunity to escape into an appealing, intriguing past. Unspoiled and generally uncrowded, Astoria and Warrenton nonetheless have several first-class interpretive attractions including Fort Clatsop, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Flavel House, Fort Stevens State Park, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and the Astoria Column. The area has an extraordinary sense of place and feeling of history.”

On this part of my walk I traveled along Leif Erickson Drive (also Rt. 30) through:

  • Tongue Point Village
  • Navy Heights
  • Biddle
  • Svenson

Had I actually done this walk here are some sights I would have enjoyed along the way:

Images from this site: http://englishriverwebsite.com/LewisClarkColumbiaRiver/

Currently there are 2 main interests in my life:

1 – traveling
2 – getting back in shape

Since I don’t have the funds to travel at the moment I’ve decided to combine those interests and do a virtual walk around the world. Each week I’ll post my route and what I would have seen had I actually done that walk. It’s not a fulfilling as actually vising these places, but it’s better than nothing. I’ll also track my progress on a Google Map.


It’s funny how things can change in life. You’re chugging along and things may not be stellar, but there are no significant problems. Then one choice, one instant changes everything. Suddenly your life is tumbling out of control and you’re not certain which way is up and whether or not up will ever really be there again. One decision could potentially change everything…not just for you but also for people you care about. And, if that’s not bad enough, you don’t even know for sure what the long term impacts will be until weeks or months later. It could be a ripple or it could be a tidal wave. Only time can tell.

One thing is certain – ripple or wave, things will never be the same again.

I’m a big old nerd

First, I haven’t updated this in *forever*.  Not because I haven’t had anything to say but because my internet connection is limited.  To save cashola I’m forgoing having internet at home and I’m only using cafe access.  It’s nice to save the $50+/month, but it’s not overly convenient.

Second, I’ve taken a PT job working at a Borders and I love it.  So fun and I get to borrow, read and return travel books so that rocks my world.

Third, I have a write-up from my trip to Phoenix in October, but I have to find it before I can post it.  :-(  The problem with a new laptop is that things save in random places…kind of a pain!  But I hope to find and post it in the next few days.

Fourth, I’m in the process of developing a database (yes, you read that right) to track the places I want to visit (or those I have already).  That’s the thing that makes me a nerd.  Once I get it set I’ll upload the lists.  Yes, I’m a nerd…and I kinda like it.

Fifth, and last, is that this weekend is the BnA Holiday bash.  Should be very interesting to meet all these worldly travelers and even more interesting to have one crashing on my air mattress for a couple days prior.  I see stories in my future.