A 14-mile walk, though some of Madison's beautiful natural areas.

Another Perambulation

I walked out the front door

5:45am, I walked out the front door and set out on my journey.

walked down a snowy trail.

An hour later, I entered the arboretum and walked down a snowy trail.

Through the tunnel underneath the beltline.

Through the tunnel underneath the beltline.

Some of the trails were snowy in the Curtis Prairie, also.

Some of the trails were snowy in the Curtis Prairie, also.

 the pussy willows look good.

Spring is slow in coming this year but the pussy willows look good.

cat tails (and red wing blackbirds).

As do the cat tails (and red wing blackbirds).

the arboretum's lost city.

I wandered through the arboretum’s lost city.

100-year old streets being reclaimed by nature.

100-year old streets being reclaimed by nature.

Another blackbird

Another blackbird in the rushes along Lake Wingra.

 loons in Lake Wingra.

Also spotted some loons in Lake Wingra.

sandhill cranes float in for a landing.

In the marsh, on the other side of the road, sandhill cranes float in for a landing.

a wood duck.

A little further along, a wood duck.

Another black bird, singing in spring.

Another black bird, singing in spring. The red wing blackbird song is definitely one of the sounds of spring.

Monona Bay

Soon I’m sitting by a dock in the bay, Monona Bay. I’ve been walking for two and a half hours. Time for a break.

West Washington Avenue on the pedestrian bridge,

I crossed West Washington Avenue on the pedestrian bridge, high above traffic.

Alumni Park on the University of Wisconsin campus.

And a few minutes later Lake Mendota was in view, from Alumni Park on the University of Wisconsin campus.

A selfie with the historic Red Gym,

A selfie with the historic Red Gym, photo bombed by Bucky Badger.

my friends Len and Patricia, reading through the book of Hosea,

Inside the Memorial Union I ran into my friends Len and Patricia, reading through the book of Hosea, as part of the Handwritten Bible Project. Stopped to rest my feet for a few minutes.

A map on display at Alumni Park

A map on display at Alumni Park plotted out the next part of my journey.

the colorful Hoofers sailboats

Nearby the colorful Hoofers sailboats await warmer weather.

the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path

Walking along the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path always conjures up memories of walking to class during my student days.

Most of the crew teams were out, practicing

Most of the crew teams were out, practicing on this particular morning.

Stopped for a few minutes to watch the Badger baseball team.

Stopped for a few minutes to watch the Badger baseball team. Baseball is a club sport, not a varsity sport at Wisconsin, sadly. It appeared the Badgers were playing UW-LaCrosse.

a covey of coots.

Arrived at Picnic Point to find a covey of coots.

And another blackbird, in the circle.

And another blackbird, in the circle.

a red bellied woodpecker.

On the way to Frautschi Point, a red bellied woodpecker.

Picnic Point Beach and the capitol from Frautschi Point.

Picnic Point Beach and the capitol from Frautschi Point.

Farther along the Mendota Shore, Raymer's Cove.

Farther along the Mendota Shore, Raymer’s Cove.

Wally Bauman's woods.

End point of my Lake Mendota shore walk, Wally Bauman’s woods.

a pick-up soccer game

Walking through Shorewood Hills, noticed a pick-up soccer game in progress.

A 14-mile walk, though some of Madison's beautiful natural areas.

After stopping for lunch, I realized my calves were not going to take me much further. So I hopped a bus and rode most of the rest of the way home. A 14-mile walk, though, through some of Madison’s beautiful natural areas. (This piece of art by friend and colleague Hong Huo.) A great way to spend a Saturday.

 

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