Today when I set out, I knew exactly where I was headed. Greg had told me that the street on the East side of the Gideon foot bridge had been painted on Memorial Day. I had to check it out for myself. How cool is this? I wish I would have known, so I could have helped paint.
On the way home, I noticed that the key to the painting was taped to this phone pole. You can tell that the circles are really gears. What a great concept. Now when I look back at the street, all I see are the gears.
I spent quite a bit of time here wandering around and looking at all the details. I'm sure I'll find new things the next many times I come back.
It ties in well to the Brooklyn Skate Park, another neighborhood driven creation. You can read about how this skate park got it's start here. I am, personally, so thankful that the skate park is here. Reading about how sketchy this area was before is just unsettling. I'm sure I would never cross the Gideon bridge as much as I do now if the skate park wasn't there. It's the same reason I never walk the underpasses at 17th and Powell. Just too scary for me walking alone.
When I first opened the door and stepped out to start this walk, I involuntarily groaned. Muggy. So very muggy. The air felt heavy and gross. I was instantly sweaty. I would happily trade pouring down rain for this mess. So after seeing the street painting, I made my way to Ladd's Addition in search of shade and cooler weather.
These plants were so crazy looking. They were so cool to look at.
I wanted to get closer to the weird plants, but this was the perimeter and I found that I was holding my breath - not even touching anything - because it looked so precarious. I didn't want to have it fall on me.
The roses are in bloom! I could see the blooms from blocks away. If you get the chance, definitely check out the 4 small roundabouts in Ladd's Addition. They are just spectacularly beautiful. What a great asset to our city.
Ok, you all know how much I love squirrels. I was walking by a tree and saw that a squirrel was right at eye level with me just a couple feet away. I started talking to it and it came down the tree and got super close to me. I was dreaming of all the great pictures I could have had if I had the courage to squat down. But I know that this is a wild animal (even though he was so tame), so I kept a respectful distance and had a game plan ready if he tried anything funny. Still, he was just adorable and I was happy to spend a few minutes with him.
So I took this a few hours after my walk, but I just had to share. I had been out running errands and came home to this guy in my drive way. It was about 2pm and I was shocked to see him in daylight. I haven't seen a possum in ages! I left my groceries in the hot car and went into the backyard to see where he went. I was very surprised to turn around and there he just feet from me. I think I was more shocked than he was. We both just stared at each other. He slowly walked forward as I slowly walked backward. Finally, after a few moments of this, he ducked under my deck. Later I went out front and ran into him again. I saw him one last time in the backyard. He kept giving me the 'not you again' look. He didn't seem too bothered by me. Later, I learned that he's been living under my neighbors front porch for quite some time. I hope to see him again!