I did a lot of walking on my recent trip to Seattle, enough so to push my March total to almost 75 miles (74.29, to be exact). That month included two work-related visits to comics conventions, where I am almost always on my feet, constantly moving. It's a different type of walking than my usual "head out the door, go for a walk" type thing...
Which I did on Saturday, albeit in a different way. About once every six weeks or so, I drive up the "back way" to La Jolla to visit the best bookstore in San Diego County, Warwicks. That drive takes me up Midway to the Sea World/Mission Bay area, where I make a left off Ingraham St. to Riviera Drive, which takes me through Pacific Beach and onto Mission Blvd. and (eventually) La Jolla Blvd., through Bird Rock into LJ. Every time I take that drive, I think about stopping and walking along the bay where Riviera Drive starts, and this past Saturday, I did so.
The walk was just under five and a half miles and took me around the bay up into Mission Beach, just south of Belmont Park, the local San Diego amusement park. From there I walked up Mission Blvd. and cut over to Oceanfront Way, which borders the Pacific Ocean (you've probably heard of the Pacific Ocean, right?). I walked from there up to Pacific Beach Drive, and back onto the bay to head back to my car. It was--no surprise--a warm, sunny day. I was struck by how many bikes and bikinis were along this route, and almost literally struck by a bike or two as I stood and ogled bikinis. Note for future walks: this route will almost certainly insure sirens at some point for me, either for an ambulance or a staring charge by the local cops.
After I got home and looked at a map, I realized that I could have just kept going once I hit Mission Blvd. and gone down Mission Bay Drive in the other direction, and made a big circle back to Riviera Drive and my parked car. Maybe next time...once I get those blinders fitted on my sunglasses.
Here's a photo from that walk (for photos from Seattle and some of my walks there, see my previous post).