My Journey on Foot (so far)
- BORN IN ALASKA -
I spent my youth and years as a young adult living in Alaska. Alaska was and always will be a special place to me; 25 years of wonderful memories. I still return often to visit family and friends.
- EXPLORING ALASKA ON FOOT -
I was fortunate to be able to explore Alaska on foot — wearing cross-country running shoes, cross-country skis, hiking boots, snowshoes and crampons. You will find photos of some of my AK hikes among the albums here. Eventually, I will upload some of my (vintage) AK bicycling, backpacking, mountaineering and ocean kayaking trip photos.
- EXPLORING ALASKA AND CANADA BY BICYCLE -
My interest in bicycling started in earnest in 1972, when a good friend from Alaska and I did a bicycle trip in Alaska. The next year, we completed a month-long bicycle trip from Calgary to Seattle. Our route on the Going-to-the-Sun Road took us through Glacier National Park in Montana. Young men, we were. Between the two bicycle trips, I have five photos. Life in an era before selfies and Instagram.
- EXPLORING OREGON BY BICYCLE -
In 1980, after I moved to Oregon, I got back in the saddle and explored Portland, Corvallis and Eugene by bicycle. I continued riding for the next 30 years. During this same period, I became a father to three children, experienced job changes, remodeled my old house, and finished grad school.
- COMMUTING BY BICYCLE IN PORTLAND -
In 2000, I started commuting year-round by bicycle to my workplace in downtown Portland. My 10-mile round-trip ride, which I did for 10 years, was the perfect way to start and finish each work day.
- COMMUTING ON FOOT IN PORTLAND -
In 2010, when I started working at a new job closer to home, I switched gears and began walking year-round to and from work. My five-mile round-trip work walks soon led to extended weekend walks, and thousands of miles and photos of sights I saw along the way. Later, I used the photos to take "virtual walks" with my mother, who lived in Alaska.
- ADVOCATING FOR PEDESTRIANS -
My work walks also led to volunteer activities with Lloyd TMA (now, Go Lloyd), Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (now, Oregon Walks) and the City of Portland (Ten-Toe Express, Sunday Parkways). With retirement on the horizon, I am now supporting AARP Oregon and their community NeighborWalks 2019 program.
- STEPS TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING -
Although Alaska is just one of the canaries in the global warming coal mine, I have seen the adverse effects of climate change in Alaska first-hand. I think climate change is real, caused by humans, and walking is climate action. I also think our legislators, everywhere, need to act boldly. I am encouraged by our young people, throughout the world, who are now making their voices heard.
- SUPPORTING PUBLIC AND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION -
Today, thanks to my employer, I have the privilege of working remotely or commuting to my workplace by public transit. I am a strong proponent of public transportation and all modes of active transportation. Thanks to TriMet, our regional transit agency, I have been able to take public transit to and/or from all but two of my walks in the Portland metro region.
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