Happy New Year’s Listers,
To offset all the holiday eating, we have been doing a lot
of walking the past week, more than usual. We decided to explore a 6 mile route
that starts on a major street, goes through some wetlands
, through fields,
parks, across a highway and a school before looping back to our house. It goes
almost everywhere but Grandmother’s house.
The last time I walked this route was 5 years ago. I
remembered marking on my PK
a number of the junctions in order to know where to
cut across fields and parks. The starting point was labeled Pedestrian
intersection between Covell Blvd and the Wetlands. We took an Uber to a place
about a quarter mile from that starting point. I had my PK GPS running with the
USA User points on board. Good thing that point was there because it was no
more than a break in the bushes off a very busy road with no people around to
ask. I was with my wife Gena and our two Seeing Eye dogs. My dog Tank may have
been on this route when I first got him 5 years ago.
It was one of those very chilly but sunny type of days but
we were dressed for the occasion. We did pass other walkers and bikers but we
wanted to find our way without asking and it would have been hard to describe
what we were looking for anyway. The only time we thought of asking for help
was when the restroom I had marked in my PK was locked and we wondered where
I should have recorded a manual route for the next time we
did this route but navigating from User POI to User POI worked fine. We didn’t
even make a wrong turn the whole way.
This is a reminder to me when I visit new places to be
generous in marking User Points as I never know when I will return and wish I
had those points. I have User points recorded around the world going back to
the mid-90s. One of my favorite user points I found was not mine but one
recorded by Rich Irwin. We were traveling up a river in Costa Rica
with my PK
wrapped in plastic and a point triggered saying alligator sighting and beer
shack. Of course, the alligator was no longer in that spot but we did see one
further along. The beer shack was still there however. If you ever head to the
Pachira lodge in Costa Rica, you will find both my points and those from Rich
and maybe others.
If you ever visit Davis, rest assured we can go where we
want when we want with or without sighted friends, even off the grid.