My walking has slowed down post-Comic-Con for a number of reasons. First I was sick for a week with a nasty ear problem and a full-on summer cold that I caught on top of it. I missed a whole week's worth of work (well...I didn't exactly MISS it, if you know what I mean, Office Space fans). And then San Diego got smacked with a heatwave, which is still lingering after one week. Let me stress that this is nowhere near the kind of heat and humidity my East Coast friends have been battling all summer. We're talking mid-80s at the coast, 90-100 inland (where I work), and high humidity, for here, at least (but nowhere near the 90-100% back on the other coast). Still, it's very unusual weather for us, even in summer, and even more unusual to experience it for more than just a few days. It appears to be breaking a bit, so today was the first day I actually got out and took a long walk, starting earlier in the day to avoid the heat a bit.
I took my favorite walk again this time, which involves the bridges near me at Quince Street and Spruce Street. Here's some shots of the Spruce Street one, which shimmys back and forth while you stand on it (not so bad while you're walking).
The support tower at the far side of the bridge.
The Quince Street bridge is actually a little scarier...it's a wooden structure and it pops and gives a bit as you walk across it, plus some of the planks have missing knotholes through them, so you can see right through to the ravine below. I tend to walk even more gingerly across that one. It's not a place you want to be when an earthquake hits.
Today was the first day I actually felt like a long walk and it clocked in at 7.06 miles. For the month of August, I am woefully behind in walking (especially compared to July's 102 mile-total, which included a 70+ mile week at Comic-Con). I'm barely at 20 miles, but I have about 13 days left, so I should at least top 30 miles. The good news is my goal for 2012 was 100 walks (hence the title of these posts): I'm already at #72, with four full months left (and trips planned, which will increase my walking greatly). I think I'll hit #100 sometime in early/mid-November.
My walk today was complicated by a whole mess of other people running and walking, too. Balboa Park was the scene for some kind of half-marathon & 5k walk, so by the time I reached the park, most everyone was heading back to finish. I snapped this photo (directly above) walking over the bridge to the cactus garden across Park Blvd. from the park entrance. I loved the juxtaposition of the banner images and traffic, as if they were passing judgment on it all.
Finally there's this photo, which I offer as a bonus. It required no walking at all on my part, just a glance outside my apartment window on a warm night last week. The photo faces southeast, so that's not the actual sunset you're seeing, but a reflection of it in the sky. The heat and humidity has offered some beautiful sunsets, so we can be thankful for at least that part of it. But I could really go for a good, old-fashioned, Eastern-style thunderstorm, one of those sky-darkening, torrential downpours that are such a part of my memories of living back East.