Thursday, July 28, 2011


Last night I walked from my home to Central Cinema and back. Normally I would have driven but parking there has been a challenge in the past and it was a nice night. I had a few twinges during the walk but no major pain and no lasting effect this morning. I wore different shoes than I normally do for walking and I'm going to take that as a sign that the shoes I have been wearing aren't good for my feet. Arch supports and thick soles do not work for me. The closer I can get to no shoe at all the less my ankles hurt.

According to the route I entered in Gmaps Pedometer I walked 3.7649 miles and burned 469 calories. Not a huge workout but it is a start and a step in the right direction. I have learned that keeping track of numbers such as distance traveled and calories burned helps to keep me motivated. Motivated I need to stay because I know I will feel better if I am more active.

Next time I shouldn't have dinner, three pints of beer, dessert and popcorn during my walk but I did go to a double feature of The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1886). :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Full Steam Ahead!

On July 3rd my girlfriend and I drove down to Portland to ride on a train pulled by the Southern Pacific #4449, a 4-8-4 steam locomotive built in 1941.  The trip was a round trip along the Columbia River Gorge out to Wishram Washington and back.  The excursion was wonderfully relaxing and while the day started out cloudy the sun broke through and we were treated to beautiful views if the river as we made our way along.  In Wishram we were served a BBQ lunch and had a chance to take a few pictures before boarding the train for a ride back to Portland.

It was a nice relaxing trip and reminded me again why I enjoy travel by train so much.  Enjoy the pictures I took on the trip:

SP #4449 (July 2011)