Walk 16, Year 3: Walkers met at the charming Chandler Executive Airport in West Fresno on the grand Kearney Boulevard. Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, was cool and clear, but warming quickly.
Walking mindfully has many benefits, including peace of mind, exercise, and connection with community. Here are some descriptions that walkers shared after the walk:
Peace of mind:
Walking with Fresno Mindfulness Walks is another part of my healthy living routine.
Spiritually physically and emotionally – all positive emotions from today’s walk.
Seeing the orchards and fields, along with the canal and blue sky, was amazing.
I worked in orchards as a child – and this brought back those memories.
Love squirrels playing. They don’t seem to have any cares.
I noticed details, including sounds: birds, rushing water in the canal, airplanes, train whistles.
Memorable sight: birds swirling over the canal
My husband said I would give up after 2 miles. but I made it because I was not alone.
This walk was more strenuous than previous walks, and I was tired from working late last night. The last mile got hot as the sun was more over head.
Connection with community:
I want to walk my town but needed someone to go with. This makes it possible!
I’m grateful for this group, because it allows me to get out of my regular neighborhood and explore new places in my own town. I feel safe in a group.
I’ve lived here my whole life, and didn’t know about these neighborhoods until I discovered today. I’m amazed at Sunset Elementary and the bi-lingual programs they have for students. They have a waiting list!
“I work at Foster Farms which is near here, and I still saw many of these streets for the first time and the neighborhoods in a deeper way.
It’s cool to see three streets going along Kearney together. The frontage roads on either side of Kearney were the old Kearney roads.
Len Ross Youth Golf complex was a surprise – but sad to see it in disrepair – graffiti, broken fences, dead grass, broken chairs.
Sunset Community Center – has the old style children’s wading pool (which needs to be renovated). I remember playing in these wading pools as a child.
Walking at the edge of the orchards, I was glad the farmers didn’t run us off. Maybe because we walk quietly without talking. They don’t mind or didn’t notice us.
I realize the expense and effort of farming- the costs of the sprinklers and fencing.
Glad to see organic signs in some of the orchards.
To see more photos from this walk, go to Facebook photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1970839453202799.1073741959.1429474537339296&type=1&l=1289d3a15f
or Google photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/m96NZxr7HVWvgZDDAThis entry was posted in Uncategorized
2 thoughts on ““I’ve been wanting to walk my town, and FMW makes it possible.” FMWalker, 6/3/17”
Would love the opportunity to do mindful walking with this group. Is there a certain pace that everyone is required to do? I like to stop and take pictures along the way! Also sometime I just need a bit of a breather to drink water of something.
I would describe the pace as ‘medium’, but walkers often stop to look at something closely, or to have a quick chat with someone we encounter. Join us and give it a try!