RDP: Walk

Just Keep Walking

When my sister and I were little girls mum often used to take us to the shops or the park, this was when we lived in England. We always walked. We didn’t own a car and although we occasionally used the bus more often than not mum would walk taking our big pram, or later on a pushchair for Naomi which I would ride on if my feet got too tired.

Tunnel under the railway line Romford UK.

I guess because of this we didn’t find it a problem to get around on foot. We walked to school, with mum and later alone or perhaps with friends. If we wanted to go to the shops we walked too. Later, when we were a little older and living in Elizabeth, South Australia we also walked to the library or to the railway station to catch a train to Adelaide. We thought nothing of it, nor did it bother us to walk home again afterwards. I remember that our cousins would often call their parents to come and pick them up from the station and we would wonder what the fuss was about. It only took about twenty minutes.

All that walking came in handy when as an adult I was working at the Adelaide Station myself. There was a lot of walking involved going through each train picking up rubbish.

TransAdelaide 3000 class railcar at Adelaide station

I think walking is a great way to get to know a place. When you are on foot you see a lot more. The first summer I lived in Tasmania I often had to wait an hour or more for a bus home from work. I used the time to explore the various streets of the Hobart CBD.

Davey St, Hobart.
Looking south along Davey Street.

My feet and ankles get sore now if I have to walk too fast, especially in hot weather but I still enjoy a walk in the park or by the river.

The Platypus Walk beside the Kermandie River.

In the footsteps of Charles Darwin

I like to read blogs by fellow Tasmanians and thought that you might enjoy this very informative one about the Charles Darwin Trail.

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A twelve kilometre stroll along beaches, riverfront, suburban streets and open scrub on Hobart’s Eastern Shore (locally reputed to be the sunnier of the Derwent’s banks and at least a jumper warmer than the city side of the river) allows walkers to retrace the footsteps of the young Charles Darwin. He visited Hobart for about a week during February 1836 during his global circumnavigation aboard the Beagle. During this time, he made observations that would profoundly influence his thinking and contribute to his theories on evolution.

His description of Hobart from the harbour is recognisable:

“The bay should rather be called an estuary, for it receives at its head the waters of the Derwent. Near the mouth there are some extensive basaltic platforms; but higher up the land becomes mountainous, and is covered by a light wood. The lower parts of the hills which skirt the bay are cleared…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks -Indoor or Outdoor

Walks-Indoor or Outdoor, Near and Far

Here is a walk I really like. It is my brand new front path just finished yesterday, apart from a few cosmetic details. I am quite pleased with it because the steps are not as steep as the old concrete ones and the little step at the end makes it easier to get to and from the driveway. I also think that it blends in with the old house fairly well. I don’t like garish modern additions to old houses.

My new path.
My new path.

My very own new walkway.
My very own new walkway.

Here is one of the silliest walkways I’ve ever seen. I know these things are common at airports where every second matters to some people but really is this going to save you any time? It’s only a few metres long. This is at Sydney airport.

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How much time is this going to save you really?

Last of all here you can see the plainly marked walking/jogging track on “Explorer of the Seas”. Nine circuits of this track on the sports deck adds up to a mile and many people walked or jogged it every day including my sister who became quite obsessed with beating her own time. She was up there walking on it early in the morning before breakfast and late at night after almost everyone else had gone inside. The only downside of this track is that is also the only way to move around this rather crowded deck so often you can only go as fast as the person in front of you.

The walking/jogging track on "Explorer of the Seas"
The walking/jogging track on “Explorer of the Seas”