The Big Walk is coming up on Saturday. Yes, they say that the beautiful weather is going to end. The rain will begin. And the walk will not be stopped.
There are lots of folks coming, some leaving in the middle, some joining late.
Everyone participating will enjoy their time on the Big Walk, I am confident of it.
Here is a list of the places we will be trying to stop by and get a closer look at (in order):
Large Sitting-Tree in Odette Sculpture Garden, Historical Train Barns (The Junction), Odette Sculpture Park, Bridge Steps, Assumption Church, Chewitt Park, Peterson Park, Mill Park, The Mill Street Windmill (Russell & Mill, Mackenzie Hall, New Bedford Church (on Peter St.), Indian Road boarded-up houses, Duff-Baby House, McGregor Cowan House, U of W St. Denis Centre’s new football field, Sanctuary Coffee (College), Victoria Avenue housing, Windsor Grove Cemetery, St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Lanspeary Park, Canada Salvage, Rockhead Pub, Smoke and Spice restaurant, Unique Rabbit clothing, Judy’s On Ottawa gift shop, large Consignment Shop behind TD Bank on Ottawa St., Juniper Books, Windsor Market, The old International Playing Card Company Building on Walker Rd, Willistead Manor/Park, St. Mary’s Church (Walkerville), Paul Martin family house, Jones & Co., Timeless Treasures, Artspeak Gallery, Victoria Tavern, Old Bank Building and Post Office on Devonshire, Taloola Cafe, Walkerville Brewery, Hiram Walker, Ford Strike Protest Site, Nancy John’s Gallery, Vincent Franzoi’s Gallery, Paula’s Gallery, new Jitters Cafe, Nancy John’s artist’s loft, Prado-view walk to the river, Abar’s, Riverside Brewery (ruins), Ganatchio Trail, Seminole Walk, Ford City, Old Fire Truck Building site, Brownstones on Walker Rd., Big Tony’s Wood Oven Baked Pizza on Walker, Via Rail station, return to beginning along the river…
Big list huh?
And as for what to bring: (This is what I’m bringing, you may want to take more or less)
It might rain…umbrella.
A small flashlight…you never know.
Water or juice
Bandages (for potential blisters)
A book or magazine for some of our park stops (you may want to take park visits as a break rather than an exploratory opportunity)
Cell phone (if you own one) for emergency or a cab if you get too tired!
Here’s the map of where we’re going: