Walking Challenge – New York

My latest walking challenge was through New York which was nice as it is one of the few places I really want to visit before I expire.

The challenge this time was 42km / 26 miles and started at Prospect Park. As always at each place, there is a virtual postcard and I got to learn a lot about each place, so that is a bonus. The medal is like the others, chunky and well made and in a presentation box, but this one glows in the dark, the city skyline glows, so that is a bit of fun.

The Route

  • Prospect Park – Starting Point
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Flatiron Building
  • Empire Stat Building
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Rockefeller Center
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Metropolitan Museum fo Art
  • Central Park
  • Broadway
  • Times Square
  • Vessel
  • World Trade Center
  • Charging Bull
  • Statue of Liberty – End Point
New York
Certificate

I am going to do Paris next which is 60km, and as I seem to be doing city walks I may continue with those challenges for now. I would like to do a big challenge like Camino de Santiago which is 819km / 509 miles. Conqueror does Route 66 which is 3669km / 2280 miles but the medal does not look all that good, and Pacer medals are really nice and chunky. I will keep looking out for other challenges.

Not so guilty pleasures…

Do you have songs that are your not so guilty pleasures? Now, by that I mean guilty pleasures that you should but don’t feel guilty about. I have a big love of odd songs and the 70’s definitely fills the brief. Roxy Music is one of my favourite bands, and one song in particular “In every dream home a heartache” I have listened to it for most of my life, it was released in 1973, so it is as old as M is.

Let me know what your odd guilty not so guilty pleasure is.

Until next time…

Visit to Llanberis

A few weeks ago we decided to go to my homelands and have lunch in Llanberis. It was such a beautiful day, the sun was out, the sky was blue and we had lakes and mountains to look at, and to round the evening off we had fish, chips and mushy peas which were delicious.

Llyn Padarn is a glacial formed lake and the largest natural lake in Cymru, 105 meters above sea level and surrounded by the slate mountains, so it is quite spectacular. It is however quite cold in the water as both the dogs found out. Mazikeen was first in after seeing something in the water that she thought she could fish out and fell straight into it. When her little head bobbed up out of the water she looked a little shocked. I had to help her out as it was a little too high for her to get out, but she shook herself and carried on as if nothing happened. We were laughing at her doing it when both of them decided to go down one of the boat jetties which stops about 2 feet into the water and there is a drop. Harper was the first to look down at the edge whilst she was paddling about, then decided she could keep waking and went head first in. She was under the water for about 5 seconds and I thought I would have to jump in to get her out and then her head popped up and I pulled her out as she still had her harness on. Mazikeen, completely unperturbed by falling in and also seeing Harper fall in kept walking further out and then she vanished under the surface. I stepped forward ready to wake in and her little head popped up and she was swimming further out then realised and started going to the right to get back to the shore. Second dunking and she was not put off, and in and out the water for most of the day, but she was a little more careful from that point onwards.

Just for contrast…

As we can only enter one photo of one dog in the Purina competition and Mazikeen was the best for posing I went with her photo, but just for contrast, this is one of my favourite photos of Harper.

Face of Purina

I have entered Mazikeen to be the Face of Purina, it would be great if she was picked to be the Face. This is our entry, so wish her luck.

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