Saturday morning, June 10, 2017, a dozen mindfulness walkers strolled north Fresno neighborhoods near Alluvial and First, and welcomed new walkers: Megan, Christine, Cathy, and Donna, and regular walkers: Rod, Irene, Tami, Kathryn, Sheila, Eliza, Beth, Judith, Wendy, Maria, and David.
Kaiser Park was busy on a Saturday morning, setting up for baseball tournament, which was the biggest surprise – Riverpark Little League. This is a huge complex on a ponding basin. Walkers met Ted, the president of the little league.
Walkers were impressed with Kastner Middle School, which has a beautiful swimming pool and aquatics center, very clean for last day of school. Walkers noticed that the campus is plain, with minimal color. Open lockers, indicating end of school year.
Walkers were glad to report that many of the Fresno Unified school pools were open to the public this summer.
Cool to see the variety of home options in this area: mobile homes, apartments, condos, medium and large homes. Surprised at how many apartments. Lots of yard sales.
Walkers met Juan,, owner of the food truck Latin Urban Fusion, they were prepping the truck in front of their home. It’s the only food truck with a mural.
So noisy on main street, Alluvial, but wonderfully quiet and peaceful inside the mobile home park. One walker shared that she lives in the mobile home park. Walkers commented on the house with a Statue of Liberty. Lots of patriotic banners. Three-car garages.
Donna notice gardenias growing up against a boulder, and reflected on the contrasts of rock and flower.
Sounds: water fountains, wind chimes, traffic, blowers, dogs, some peaceful moments, leaf crunches under feet.
Smelled bacon, magnolia, puffy pink trees, cut grass, bbq.
More fresh air compared to previous walks, even though the digital display of air quality ratings flashed ‘medium air quality.’
Walkers commented on synthetic grass and noticed many houses with solar panels.
A walker shared that her dad built apartments on El Paso, and she remembers playing there as a child while he worked. The opaque siding on the condos use to be atriums.
“I feel a sense of connection with people just walking by their home.”
“Walking and seeing neighborhoods up close, I feel more connected with people in Fresno.”
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