The shady side of town.

It looks to me like Old Mother Nature just hit the paws button on the Dog Days of Summer, because the heat and humidity, which didn’t stray too far away, has returned.

I wasn’t even a block and a half into my walk when I realized I should not have hit the snooze button those three times, and just gotten up and left earlier, as it was way too hot for my liking. We had some rain last night so I headed to my second string destination – the Rivers Edge Marina in Wyandotte.

As I walked through Lincoln Park, this steamy and sultry Sunday had me desperately seeking shade, until I could reach the canopy of trees that line the Wyandotte portion of Emmons Boulevard.

Then, it was hot, hot, hot crossing the railroad tracks with no shade, until finally I reached Biddle Avenue and headed over to the marina which was already hoppin’. I saw several paddle boats and a pontoon boat in the marina area, plus several large pleasure boats already out on the Detroit River.

The sky was a brilliant blue, without a single cloud and marred only by a contrail or two. Some seagulls started swooping down near my head, inching closer and closer, then dipping so dangerously low that several times I was forced to wave my arms to shoo them away. Perhaps I had a kindly face that they equated with handouts for their breakfast, but this was not the case. I knew the temps were hot and the humidity was high, so I dressed sparingly – just enough to be decent. I even left the camera and pedometer behind.

It took me a little longer to make this round trip today, and I was glad to get out of the sweltering heat and into the cool house. After all this effort, I would have loved to swig a tropical delight like those pictured above, but it was just a tall glass of strawberry milk and a couple of chilled juicy peaches to make me feel human again.

I managed to get five more miles under my belt as I strive to stride to 300 miles by month end, and hopefully this heat wave will be over soon, so I can get ‘er done.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to The shady side of town.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    You want to get in 300 miles by month end? Thats 5 days from now. Holy cow. I feel for you walking in this humidity. I know you will get it done.Just don’t get sick over it.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Marge – No I don’t have all that many miles to get to 300 actually – will probably walk only 3 miles daily in the workweek to get there. I will be careful – I hate the heat…wish it had stayed cool.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………there you go again about that strawberry milk……………….I’m JUST going to have to either buy or make some for myself…………………………it sounds so good


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Another comment of yours that went to SPAM … I don’t know why it is happening. I was wondering where you were? Strawberry milk is wonderful. You can buy it at Meijer or make your own. The brand at Meijer I think is 1% milk. But often it has an early expiration date. So, I just buy the lowfat or skim and the Hershey’s strawberry syrup. It is so refreshing. I gave up sweets in 2011 and that is the only sweet item I have now. I buy the large containers of cottage cheese and vanilla yogurt … I will squirt some strawberry syrup in sometimes to make it not taste so plain, otherwise put bananas in the cottage cheese or yogurt.


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