Saturday morning, March 18, 2017, a dozen mindfulness walkers strolled 4 miles through west Fresno neighborhoods. One of the FMWalkers reported, “I walked in West Fresno and saw St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, blooming neighborhoods, Chandler Airport ticket booth, quirky houses, and Kearney Boulevard. I always feel wonderful and full of God after a walk.” Another FMWalker shared that she had lived in Fresno since the 1950s, and had never known where Edison High School was located, much less walked the campus. Walkers indicated this is not unique, and after seeing the impressive Edison High School campus, walkers wished everyone could see Edison and experience the beauty and history of West Fresno. “It is a missed opportunity that people have not been more exposed to all areas of Fresno schools, including west Fresno.”
Walkers talked about what they observed: wonderfully wide roads where you can do a U-turn without a 3-point turn. New housing developments. Grateful to see Edison High School and meet the actors rehearing for the musical, HairSpray. After living here decades, walkers talked about having never walked the gorgeous streets and the entrance to Kearney Boulevard. One walker described walking past his grandfather’s house on Merced Ave. Memories! Walkers were impressed with the clean school campus at Edison. Walkers wondered about the sign on Bethune Charter school – “an endeavor fund school.” Walkers saw alleys and commented that they were better kept than many throughout Fresno.
One walker reported: “I’m happy for this walk since I’m very familiar with these areas. My daughter went to Edison and I have friends who live here, and I have picked up friends at Chandler Airport. I’m so pleased to see it well kept. I’m glad this group of walkers can see it. Some of my friends won’t come here. If more people see it, they will know that it’s not scary.”
The Chandler airport is fabulous! The terminal is wonderfully decorated. This airport was used in an Indiana Jones movie. Walkers were happy to meet Patty and Henry who run the Flight Line Cafe. Walkers talked about coming back here for breakfast or lunch.
Smells: good food in the Flight Line Cafe, wisteria, fresh cut grass. Walkers heard birds, mowers, traffic, small plane engines.
Walkers watched a beautiful young girl and her family taking photos before a quinceaniera at St. Alphonsus Church.
These are our brothers and sisters in Fresno. All of our lives and futures are tied together. Let this idea influence our conversations and decisions throughout the week.
See St. Alphonsus church, Chandler Airport terminal, Edison High School, and much more: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fresnomindfulnesswalks/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1925088281111250This entry was posted in Uncategorized