REFLECTION Walk #24, Yr 2, March 19, 2016. Walkers started atMosqueda Center. They noticed the greenery, white-washed olive trees, historical buildings a hundred years old, a horse in a pasture, fields, meadows Fresno Pacific University, bounce houses, wisteria beside a hammock, lady roses, schools, churches, a paved trail through a meadow, dirt lots, yard workers, tall grasses, volunteers cleaning a church, and a party tent.
Walkers commented that this walk was hot and hard at a later start time, and it was a long walk. They noted the busy streets, alive with so much commotion, chained link fences, relaxing neighborhoods, calm, outdoor enthusiasts, Fresno community – out in full force, lawn mowing, exhaustion on some faces, hopefulness, front yard art – rocks with little lizards, expressions of uniqueness through art, lots of green, mixes of trailer park, houses, tiny and huge, apartments, duplex, senior houses, habitat housing, hospitality – – offered water, people embrace being neighborly. Connie and Jose selling mexican bread, working trucks, grandpa and grandson doing tree cleanup, an insurance man–thoughtful–All State, apartments for seniors – south of FPU were $380 for a 2-bedroom apartment, including utilities, while apartments on Willow rented for $600 for one bedroom plus utilities.
Walkers smelled curry, chili beans, fresh cut grass, wisteria, lilacs, buses, oranges, orange blossom, cut grass, weeds, wet cut, and oil/grease.
Walkers heard the sounds of roosters, birds, wings flapping, dogs, car music, house music, crunching of olives under foot, baseball game, and music for game time.
Walkers noted that what was invisible but now visible included a skate park, a bike ramp park, with half dome with sticks, a bike kitchen, boxes of helmets, Terronez, Balderas, and Habitat for Humanity. It seemed like experiencing a new area for most walkers.
These are our brothers and sisters of Fresno, and all of our lives and futures are tied together.