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Shorewalkers wishes to thank the many people who submitted their stories from our first Virtual Great Saunter.  Austin, Texas was perhaps the most creative with a Virtual Great Saunter song.  Evy Haroldson of Seattle, Texas created a detailed hiking plan and then had to wait for the air to clear due to fires.  Local member Steve Thomaschek wrote the longest story–a journal of his multi-day hikes.  Janet Gottlieb of New York skirted the waterfront.  And finally like so many of us, Susana Mendez of Silver Spring, Maryland, discovered her own neighborhood.

Austin, Texas

A Virtual Great Saunter song sung to the tune of 16 Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

You walk 32 miles 

And what do you get? 

Feet full of blisters 

And a cer-tif-i-cate. 

A Manhattan saunter I can only dream, 

A Texan can’t get there ’cause of quarantine.  

Seattle, Washington

by Evy Haroldson

SeattleOur plan (see map) is to walk by the Puget Sound east to Lake Washington joining the Burke Gillman trail (a rail-trail) to the University of Washington, cross through an arboretum proceed downtown to Elliot Bay, pick up the Mertle Edwards and Interurban trails, cross the Locks or the Ballard Bridge.  Finishing we will walk one of our safe streets created after the covid outbreak north to home.
Stay safe and keep walking! The air quality here is too bad for me to walk (170 ppm this morning). I remind myself I’m lucky to have a home and community not severely impacted by the forest fires.

Queens, New York

by Steve Thomaschek

October 2, 2020

Today, I launched my Virtual Saunter with an afternoon walk through Astoria, Queens. Starting at 42nd Street and Ditmars Blvd. My son and I headed to Astoria Park via 23rd Avenue, 37th Street, 31st Street, Hoyt Avenue, and 21st Street. At Astoria Park South we walked west to Shore Blvd. and from there we continued north alongside the East River with Astoria Park on our right

Walking through a green stretch called Ralph D’ Marco Park we encountered a commercial fishing vessel with an aqua green hull named Ocean Venture cruising south; not a common sight in these waters. More typical are tugboats pushing or pulling barges, the usual ferries, occasional sailboats, and the ever present DEP ships. What got my attention was the aqua green hull. I’m used to black, brick red, battleship gray, and white, but certainly not aqua green! It was followed by a speedy NYPD patrol boat, always a welcome sight, passing us from the opposite direction

At 20th Avenue we headed east alongside the Con Edison power plant and returned home by way of 31st Street and Ditmars Blvd.. Today’s distance was about three miles. Not a bad start to the Virtual Saunter and a nice little warm-up for the walks to come! 

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New York, NY

by Janet Gottlieb 

While I did record my Saunter segments–walks in which I attempted to skirt the waterfront–on Strava, I don’t know if Shorewalkers is monitoring those. So here we are.

10/3: 20 Brooklyn miles–Brighton to Sunset Park
10/9: 8 Manhattan miles-Upper West Side to the Lighthouse
10/11: 7 Brooklyn miles–Gowanus to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

My 2020 Virtual Great Saunter didn’t follow any particular route, nor did it have to be completed on a particular day in May, or even on one day.
We can’t know if Cy Adler is rolling over in his grave or chuckling sardonically. We do know he’d have an opinion.

Silver Spring, Maryland

by Susana Mendez 

32.6 mi in Silver Spring MD, 90% on trails from my house. I missed going to NYC, but I have discovered so many cool local places! 



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