I guess I’m a few days late in saying so, but the month of October also happens to be the month of Walktober! That is, it’s a few weeks to celebrate walking, the most democratic means of transportation:)
Walktober is put on by Oregon Walks as a way to “promote walking as a fun, healthy, ubiquitous activity in the Portland metro region,” and it consists of a bunch of different organized walks happening all around the city.
Think of it as the Pedalpalooza of walking: Oregon Walks facilitate the calendar, but the individual walks are led by people like you and me. (So if you have a fun idea for a walk, definitely head over to the Walktober site and get it on the calendar.)
So far, I’m kind of psyched about the SW Urban Trails walk happening this Saturday at 9am, and my buddy Shawn over at Urban Adventure League is hosting a Sunday sunset meander at Mt Tabor that ends, should you so desire, with adult beverages. Both of those sound pretty rad, but there are also trail walks, hikes in the Gorge, guided walks at Tualatin Hills Nature Park, and informative, tour-y type walks. There are even two walks where you can learn about being blind or low-vision and navigating the city sans eyesight.
I sort of want to add my own walk to the calendar, since I do so love to wander–I’m just having a hard time settling on a theme:)
Regardless, October with its crisp fall days is a lovely time to get out there with your walking shoes and your happy red cheeks and see the city turn colors. You’ll probably even meet some awesome people:) Go for it!:)