Walking four to five miles, even at a rapid pace, can be mind-numbingly boring. I have to vary my routes so the boredom doesn’t cause me to drop the program altogether. Often I will hop in my car and drive to a park to do my walk, or I’ll go to some shopping center parking lot and start my walk from there. Some times I drive to one of the local beaches and walk. But most of the time I walk around my neighborhood, where I have seven basic routes – each one with occasional detours.
Except when I walk after dark I always have my camera with me. Looking for interesting things to photograph, and occasionally stopping a few seconds to take a shot, helps fight the boredom. Many of the photos I’ve posted to this blog were taken during my walks.
Here’s a very short video I took one evening this week with my still camera. I pass this housing development on one of my neighborhood routes. I love the soft pastel colors that sharply distinguish otherwise almost identical houses. I think of it as the pastel row:
On another evening, on another route, I was able to capture a video of one of the city’s new double buses. I’ve seen it several times around 6:30 PM with its ‘Out of Service’ sign probably heading back to its overnight parking spot. Every time I see it I wonder what it is like to ride in that thing. I’m guessing it must look just like the interior of a railroad coach car. I was thinking the other day that it has been almost 42 years since I’d been on a bus. I recalled having left my car at the dealer’s service shop and taking a bus into Washington where I worked. But then I realized that wasn’t true. A few times in recent years when visiting one of the Disney theme parks near Orlando I took free courtesy buses from my hotels to the parks and back. Usually I drove.