Walking News Wednesday: Quebec, Pittsburgh &

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A walking tour of Old Quebec


Fancy a trip that oozes Euro­pean charm, but don’t want to make the long haul trek? As a closer to home choice, why not try Que­bec City, a place with a dis­tinctly French fla­vor? Whilst man­ag­ing to remain a 100 per­cent full-blooded Cana­dian des­ti­na­tion, it is pos­si­ble while vis­it­ing Que­bec to feel as though you are on another continent.

For the rest of the article, click Quebec.




It’s gearing up to be a busy September for all things bicycling, walking, and Placemaking. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference program and schedule is now available for your perusal! The conference program spans three days, nine breakout periods, and includes more than 100 presentations and mobile workshops. Additional formats include: poster displays, peer problem solving sessions, and pecha kucha style presentations.

For more information, click Pittsburgh


In case you haven’t voted yet, here’s your chance. We can even go Chicago-style (vote more than once.)

Thursday’s Song: The Walk

This song from 1958 – The Walk by Jimmy McCracklin was before my dancing days of the Twist, Mashed Potatoes and the Swim (to name just a few).

I will consider requests. What’s your favorite ‘Walking’ song?


Wednesday Walking News: National Parks hit 150 &

The 150th Anniversary of the idea of National Parks

by elfling Follow for Daily Kos Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM PDT

Merced River and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, circa 1865, Carleton Watkins photograph

attribution: Carleton Watkins, Library of Congress
Merced River and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, circa 1865, Carleton Watkins photograph

One hundred and fifty years ago, the United States was in the midst of the Civil War. And yet, a group of men dared to press a curious idea. A magnificent valley and a grove of immense sequoia trees had been discovered in California. What if this land were to be preserved and protected from exploitation and development for all time?

More information, click National Park


From the Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Girl visits over 160 National Parks,

makes a stop in the Keweenaw on the Fourth

Sarah Blakely Posted: 07.04.2014 at 5:59 PM

CALUMET — She’s only 13 years old, and Aida Frey has already visited 163 National Parks. On July 4, she and her parents, Shawn and Norma, explored the sites of Keweenaw National Historical Park making the Copper Country stop number 164.

It all began when she was just nine years old visiting her first-ever National Park that sparked an interest in American history that led her to become a National Park Service Junior Ranger.


for more information, click on Keweenaw


Still time to vote – who pays for California Parks

Wednesday Walking News: Vandal Walk, Klimt & Poll

 This week’s news

Walking on Logs sculpture vandalized and one stolen

Last Friday night, apparently with little or no traffic to provide a witness, someone, likely more than one person sawed off one of the statues that comprise the Walking on Logs metal sculpture that has served as a greeting at the gateway to West Seattle since 1996, just to the right and near the top of the West Seattle Bridge before it intersects 35th Ave. S.W.

It features a series of figures posed to be walking on logs.

Click to read more: Stolen Walk


Apparently the Carrieres de Lumieres changes artists from time to time.

Walking through Klimt Paintings

One of the coolest places we went on our trip to France was the Carrieres de Lumieres (the Quarry of Lights) in Les Baux de Provence, not far from Arles. Look at this place!!!
Just continuing the poll, please vote – Who do you think should pay for the State Parks?




Winery Walks: Coppola Winery

No wine was hurt on a recent visit to Coppola Winery. It is such an amazing place – we didn’t feel the need to drink.

A spectacular day with an unusual sky for Northern California ensured a great visit.

Coppola view to St Helena

View from the winery includes Mt St. Helena.

Coppola Winery is in the Alexander Valley, near Geyserville, CA. A welcoming place, their website description is ‘home to wine, food and adventure.’ Even the parking lot is gracious – not a blazing blob of asphalt.

Coppola parking lot

Stairs lead to the main buildings of the ‘winery’ but every thought is given to those who don’t/can’t do stairs. (Elevators and ramps aplenty.)

Coppola Lavender

When we reached the top patio, I spied through the glass doors to the left – a car. Mike had just found out a Tucker was here. This is Coppola, as in Francis Ford Coppola, movie director, so there is plenty of movie memorabilia. From his movie, Tucker, Coppola owns two of these beautiful cars. (The other one is at Inglenook in the Napa Valley.)

Coppola Tucker top

You could stand near the Godfather’s desk or study model ships used in the filming of Marie Antoinette. (Someone on Facebook informed me something from Apocalypse is coming. Not sure how that will fit with the good vibes.)

Godfather desk

Or you could just stare out the window.

Coppola view to St Helena

We had already eaten, when we visited last week. The prices at Rustic are a little high for us, but the room looked wonderful and I’m sure the food is great. Of course, a couple of tasting rooms are in the main building. An elegant 2-story gift shop weaves amongst the movie stuff. I mean you just ‘feel’ rich by visiting this place.

We did discover we could have eaten at the outside cafe near the pool.

Coppola pool cafe

Speaking of the pool, it’s huge. Lounges surround the pool. Changing cabines are on one side and a stage is on the other. Entertainment will be provided in the evenings this summer.

Coppola pool 6-14 l

Coppola Cabines 6-14 l

Coppola pool more 6-14 l

Plenty of umbrellas to shade you. Trees and gardens add lushness between the cafe and pool.

Coppola pool garden

Near the stage are a pair of bocce courts.

Coppola bocce

Also a teepee that children were running in and out of. Guess the contents of the tent? Books! With kids dying to read something.

Coppola teepee

As far as I could tell, we were all on a fantastic movie set and we all played our roles perfectly. Can’t wait to return and taste the wine.

See you on the trail!


Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn & Mike Millar – available upon request.

Coppola tower

July’s Walking Class

Walking Class

The next month for my Walking Class starts July 1st. Visit the City of Santa Rosa Department of Parks and Recreation online or go to the new Person Senior Center.

The class is mostly about having fun. It’s perfect for the ‘older’ person who needs company, inspiration or motivation.

  • Do you need help making walking part of your life?
  • Has the doctor told you to start walking?
  • Are you afraid to walk by yourself?
  • Is it time to rehab from an injury or surgery?
Person Senior Center

Person Senior Center

Sign up for the whole month or just drop in. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am. We walk about 1.5-2 miles with an option to stop sooner if you need. I provide some walking news, a walking pole how-to and right now-plenty of sunshine.

Online code for July class is 72330 at https://econnect.ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/Start/Start.asp

See you there!


Thursday’s Song: I’m Walking on Sunshine

I had such fun trying to come up with my 3 favorite songs ( see 3 Most Important Songs in My Life )- it got me thinking about having a walking song every Thursday. Here’s the first – walk on!

Katrina and the Waves singing I’m Walking on Sunshine. (Video has no sunshine, but it is a flat walk. 1985 oh yeah.)

Apologies if you get an ad – but thank you Katrina, the Waves and Vevo.

Bet I made you dance.



Wednesday Walking News: Heat & Walk Schedule

Hints for walking in the heat via the Sacramento Bee from Prevention Magazine.

6 walking tips for the heat

Prevention magazine  Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 1:00 am

The extra daylight hours of summer make it the perfect season for squeezing in more activity – but the heat can deter even the most dedicated of outdoor exercisers. Follow these six tips to help you exercise safely and stay cool when you’re out walking this season.

Read more here: All 6 tips


I will announce these walks individually, but if you want to plan ahead – here are my walks for the Sonoma County Family YMCA and the Regional Parks:

July 19th 10am – Armstrong Woods Meet near the Visitors Center for a 2-mile walk under the redwoods. The oldest tree is 1400 years and the tallest is 310 feet. Most of the walk is on a giving needle-covered base or dirt with some ups and downs and a few steps. You should feel peaceful and inspired after this walk. Meet in parking lot at 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville.

August 16th 10amRural Cemetery  Take a stroll under the oaks through this historic cemetery. Then we’ll continue down McDonald Ave and return to the cemetery. Here is nature and history in one intriguing space. Meet at the McDonald Ave entrance on Franklin St. Parking on McDonald, more on Terrace Way.

September 20th 10amCrane Creek Regional Park  Over 3-mile walk is on dirt, grass and gravel along a creek and through meadows. Depending on our course some hill climbs are required, but we’re happy to stop and catch our breath or stick to the low road. This regional park requires a park pass or a parking fee of $7. 5000 Pressley Rd, Rohnert Park.

July 12 & Sept 13 – Ragle Ranch This 2-mile loop or figure-8 walk through riparian area and open meadow (watch out for ticks). Trail is dirt trail with some boardwalks. Walk is in the shade of willows and oaks – and in bright sun through the meadows. Park includes Peace Garden, redwood grove and other recreational fun. We’ll have a Ranger with us on July 12th. 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol

Aug 9 & Oct 11 – Sonoma Valley We’ll only take a 2.5 mile walk on this wide paved trail. But there’s an introduction to more trails and access to Lake Suttonfield in the area. Walk is through open meadow and in the shade of an oak woodland. Perfect wheelchair accessible ‘walk’. 13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen

Nov 8 & Dec. 13 – Spring Lake Join us at Spring Lake, one of Sonoma County’s most popular places to walk. Two mile walk is on paved path, relatively flat – but we have to climb a couple of dams. We’ll go slow – or take the dirt path if it’s not muddy. Meet at the Swimming Lagoon. Closest entrance at Violetti Rd off Channel Dr.

Ragle Ranch Boardwalk

Ragle Ranch wetland


Who should pay for California State Parks?

Keep on voting. Actually, if you have already great! Please vote, if you haven’t yet.