A Walk In Simi Valley

Hey, everyone, happy Friday! Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was tearing my hair out (figuratively speaking!) over my inability to come up with interesting (to me, anyway) new blog posts?

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And P.S. – thanks to blogger Penny Wilson (Penny Wilson Writes) for her great suggestions (even though I haven’t used ’em yet)!

Well, today, as I was strolling along the beautiful Arroyo Simi Greenway Bike Path (http://www.rsrpd.org/simi_valley/trails/arroyo_simi_bike_path.php) in equally beautiful Simi Valley, California, I had a great idea!

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I decided to start doing regular posts about the different places I enjoy walking and/or hiking, along with photos I take along the way!

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Anyway, I don’t know how long I can keep that up since as of now there’s really only a small number of places I visit regularly to walk. But hey, it’s a plan, and I love me a good plan, don’t you?

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So first of all, what is the Arroyo Simi Bike Path?

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Well, according to the entry at Alltrails.com (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/simi-bike-trail) it’s an “11.3 mile out and back trail located near Simi Valley, California. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”

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(or skateboard!)

Translation: most of the way, the mostly well-paved path runs on both sides of the Arroyo Simi, a flood channel which is actually full of water right now due to the recent rains. So you can see lots of interesting wildlife, like these giant geese who like to poop all over everything.

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Seriously, watch your step if you get off the paved path!

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And you may well want to get off the paved path, especially if you’re out with kids or dogs, because there are some nice little “pocket parks” along the way.

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So if you can deal with the ubiquitous poop, it’s a really pleasant walk and lots of interesting things to see along the way. Like this kinda sad-looking kid’s playhouse:

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I have no idea what the story is there, but I like to imagine that the kid who used to play in it grew up, got a terrific job, moved to the big city, and left the old playhouse behind, just in case things don’t work out.

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There’s a lot of mushrooms around

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And lots of gorgeous flowers, too!

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Although I didn’t have my (more or less) trusty pedometer with me on today’s walk, I estimate the walk from one pedestrian bridge to the next, and back again, is about 2 miles, maybe 2 and a quarter. All in all, a nice place for your daily walk or jog or…oh yeah, I guess you could ride your bike on it too. I mean, it IS a bike path!

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So there ya go, everything you ever wanted to know about the Arroyo Simi Greenway Bike Path – at least, it’s all I’m gonna tell you today! But if you want more details, here are a couple of good links to check out:

Hope you enjoyed today’s walk! See you on Monday for the weigh-in!

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When Nature Calls!

So there I was, Wednesday morning, debating which of my two gyms to go to for my workout. 24 Hour Fitness in Simi, with the awesome pool?

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Or the equally awesome Anytime Fitness Chatsworth, with the super-fun video treadmills?

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I was at a crossroads (literally! Roscoe and Valley Circle, for you fellow Valley-ites). I had to decide NOW: right turn for Chatsworth, or straight ahead for Simi?

Then, my friends, I had a profound realization:

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Yeah, I really did. And there was LITERALLY no time to get to EITHER gym!

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“Literally” literally, man! But then — aha! — I remembered that there was some sort of historical nature park with clean, easy to access restrooms, LITERALLY right around the corner!

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So I drove there; ran (well, walked really fast!) from the parking lot to the restroom; um, answered nature’s call …

and then … noticed this:

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and this:

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and realized that, while the gyms were nice and all, I’d kind of lost track of the whole reason I’d joined them in the first place: to lose weight and get in better shape, so I could go places like this:

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And so, Wednesday morning, instead of the comfort of the gym, I opted instead for the “cheap showiness of nature” … and enjoyed every minute of it!

The gyms will still be there when I want them. But it’s nice to know this will be, too!

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(and in case you’re wondering, that park is called the Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center. Go visit — it’s a lovely place for an amble!)

Walking or Crossfit? A Southern belle ponders the choices!

Well, as promised, I’m gonna start morphin’ the ol’ blog format a little bit this week, just to shake things up a little bit. (When you work from home, you take your fun where you can.)

Anyway, I thought instead of trying to cobble together a list of five random things connected only by the snapping synapses of my KFC-greased brain, I’d just post five(ish) photos I took this week from various places that I walked.

I’m doing the walking just about every day now, and I have to tell you, if you’re looking for an exercise that’s easy to do AND makes you feel great, this is the one. It works on so many levels. Granted, as some fitness gurus will tell you, it doesn’t burn as many calories as, say, pushing heavy truck tires around a la Crossfit.

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On the other hand, the idea of pushing truck tires around makes me perspire, in a genteel Southern belle sort of way. “Frankly, my dear, if there’s a truck tire that needs to be pushed somewhere, I’ve got AAA on speed dial, thank you very much.”

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So that’s just not something I’m gonna do anytime soon, no matter HOW many calories it burns. But — the idea of putting on my waist pack/water bottle and just heading out the door, to see the sights here in the achingly beautiful San Fernando Valley (and points beyond), makes me strangely happy. It took a while to get to this point, but now, my day doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t walked SOMEWHERE for at least half an hour.

And if all you’re doing is pushing truck tires around a Crossfit track, you’ll never get to see nice horsies like this one:

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or read scathing political commentary on local bridges:

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or see the L.A. River in both its concrete

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and natural forms.

Yeah, walking beats Crossfit by several miles. If you disagree, feel free to sound off in the comments. But be aware — I’m in a feisty mood. Maybe that’s because it was stormy today — and STILL no measurable rainfall!

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Yeah, the drought goes on. But at least it was a nice, cool day to walk!

So — whaddya think? Walking or Crossfit? Or maybe something completely different? Let me know!

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