There is a little trail in my neighborhood that I use as a shortcut when walking home from the bus stop after work. I am fortunate to have this beautiful path to enjoy on the way home, and it is especially nice this time of the year.The path from one end to the other is only a block long. This is what you see half-way through.Someone mows the grass, but I don’t know who. And a few years ago some fruit trees appeared. You can see apples at the right.Green apples,red apples,pears,and plums,look ready to eat. Someone is keeping a few bees nearby to help produce fruit.Looking to the Southwest, there are blackberries on the left.The blackberries will be ripening for a while yet.The birds love the blackberries, and they also eat the berries of the mountain ash trees:This little trail was improved by SW Trails PDX, a local non-profit that builds and maintains urban trails, organizes volunteer work parties, and promotes walking and bicycling in Southwest Portland. SW Trails PDX publishes a map, and posts signs showing the different routes.Wear and tear happens, and the group uses its own funds to repair or replace signs, and to gravel muddy places and build safe stairs where needed. I love walking on these trails (see my prior blog posts about Stephens Creek Natural Area and the 4T Trail) so I purchased a membership this Spring. And for the foggy evenings this Fall, I even bought a SW Trails safety vest!Southwest Portland’s trails provide access to the area’s natural beauty, interesting opportunities for improving fitness, and in an area with few sidewalks, safe routes for pedestrians. I recommend taking these trails whenever possible. If you see one of these,try it. Enjoy your journey.
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Photo credit: Jack Rossing for the picture of me with my new vest. Thank you, Jack. And many thanks to Don Baack and the SW Trails PDX volunteers, who help make this amazing place what it is.