My 5K, October 26, 2015

I joined Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5K 2015!  I took a route I use often, which I know is a bit over 3 miles (5K). Here’s my story:

It’s 4:30 on a late October afternoon – the perfect time to go for a walk on this beautiful fall day! The colors are gorgeous, further enhanced by the sun, low in the sky now, adding a glow to the bright colors.

First, which shoes? I am going to wear the walking shoes I’ve been using for many months now, including every day on my trip to Europe. The soles are somewhat worn:

20151025_195457…but as long as I wear socks with good support, they are fine.

Before leaving, I take a drink of water from the bottle I bring with me.

20151025_163534_2This is what I see as I walk down the stairs into my driveway:

20151025_16335620151025_163445And I’m off! Here are some of the sights in Des Plaines, Illinois that I see in Mile 1:

Under a canopy of yellows, oranges and reds
Under a canopy of yellows, oranges and reds
This is one of the more interesting Halloween displays in the neighborhood.
This is one of the more interesting Halloween displays in the neighborhood.

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This is probably the weirdest, or most original, Halloween display I've seen!
This is probably the weirdest, or at least most original, Halloween display I’ve seen!

I finally arrive at Prairie Lakes Park & Fitness Center, which is Mile 1:

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I have no idea why this picture came out in sepia tones instead of color - I must have hit an edit button by mistake.
I have no idea why this picture came out in sepia tones instead of color – I must have hit an edit button by mistake.

I enter the park.

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I start down the 3/4 mile path around the park.
I start down the 3/4 mile path around the park.

20151025_170306Here are some real beauties!

20151025_170401 20151025_170540A man sets up his tripod and camera to take pictures of his pregnant wife.  She perches on the top of the bench, waiting to pose.

20151025_17080620151025_170841A jogger passes me on the path:

20151025_170953The path winds around another pond, where the bright colored trees reflect in the water.

20151025_17110220151025_171309 20151025_171236A group of Canadian geese and a duck couple swim through the golden ripples.

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Last time I saw mallard ducks (about a week ago), they were in a large group, with many males and a fewer number of females. Ducks mate for life, and, I’m told – by my niece, who’s seen it – go through a pairing ritual in which the ducks surround a male and female, who then swim off together. As I contemplate the scene above, I wonder if this couple has already mated, as it would seem, since they are alone together.

Continuing on, I saw people walking their dogs, soccer players, boys on scooters jumping the skateboard ramps, kids playing basketball, and a young mother doing work on her laptop while her son plays on the playground.

20151025_171554 20151025_171829_4 20151025_172044 20151025_172120 I’ve walked the full 3/4 mile loop and take the path back out to the street…

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20151025_172452When I get to the intersection of Wolf and Dempster, I’ve walked two miles!

20151025_172818I cross the street, my shadow elongated ahead of me.

20151025_172858I take Rose Street for a block and see more houses decorated for Halloween.
20151025_173204 20151025_173440Back on Prairie Avenue, I begin to retrace my steps back toward home.

I collect mushroom pictures, so I took a picture of this grungy fungus growing on a tree's bark.
I collect mushroom pictures, so I took a picture of this grungy-looking fungus growing on a tree’s bark.
One neighbor cleared the leaves off his lawn, the neighbor next door didn't.
One neighbor cleared the leaves off his lawn, the neighbor next door didn’t.

In our city, homeowners pile their leaves alongside the curb, and a truck comes along weekly to scoop them up. Since pick-up is tomorrow, the “lazy” neighbor will probably not have his leaves picked up until next week.

This Halloween display is very bizarre…Mt. Olive? A naked baby in a swinging basket? And a noose? Am I missing a cultural reference here??

20151025_173911Prairie Avenue stretches out ahead of me.

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Another flaming maple shows off her brilliance.
Another flaming maple shows off her brilliance.

I cross the railroad tracks and admire the tall trees ahead, their trunks and branches burnished by the late afternoon sunlight.

20151025_17482220151025_174918Potawatomie Park – I’m almost home!

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A neighbor's Halloween display
A neighbor’s Halloween display

20151022_162556The tree above is approximately the three mile mark, but I wait until I reach our deck to count Mile 3:

20151026_133651I did it! Now, time for a snack… (Hmmm, it looks like I also have some leaves to sweep/rake before the next pick up!)

I hope you have enjoyed sharing this 5K walk with me!

All pictures were taken by me with a mobile Galaxy S4 in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, on October 26, 2015.

6 thoughts on “My 5K, October 26, 2015

  1. Beautiful photos, I really enjoy this walk with you, wow 5K, I’m tired now! Here is the same, trees chaning colours, leaves and halloween decorations everywhere. 🙂

  2. So many wonderful photos. My favorite photos are those presenting fall colors. Thank You for this nice post. I am not runner, but walker. My wife loves also running! 🙂

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