Recent diary entries
I took the number 27 bus to the west end of its route. Towards the end, I noticed water off to one side of the bus. I followed several walking paths through some open space with a playground and basketball field.
Crossing over a bridge, I noticed a boat in the distance, on the edge of a stream. Approaching the boat, I noticed a small area where people seemed to be storing boats. Nearby the boats, there was a wooden bridge flanked by a brilliant golden tree.
Crossing over the bridge, I followed a grass path leding to the edge of a marshy area. I decided to turn back, as I didn't have any wading boots.
Nearby, a lonely wooden bench lay covered with leaves, and nearly overgrown by surrounding grass. I took a moment to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, admiring the grass waving near the water's edge.
Continuing along the trail, I came to some horizontal wooden railings. They seemed to be for hanging something on, such as rugs. There was a water area nearby, with faucets, perhaps for washing.
Following a gravel trail towards the residential road, I merged paths with a bike path. The bike path ran parallel with the road, so I followed it for a bit.
I noticed a trail off of one side of the gravel bike path, with two benches in the distance. Following the grass covered trail, I arrived at the benches. They faced into some wooded growth, which struck me as odd. The trail continued onward into the wooded area.
The trail led into a watery marsh area. In order to cross the marsh, a basic boardwalk had been constructed. The construction seemed sturdy, yet simple - consisting of planks nailed to horizontal logs.
I followed the boardwalk for the short span, and arrived at a beach of sorts. It was a good opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the water, as well as observe the wind playing in the grasses.
I followed a gravel road back to the main paved residential road. The 27 bus drove by shortly thereafter, and I walked to the bus stop to see if the bus might hold for a few minutes. The bus was parked at the stop, between routes, and I caught the next trip back to town. I have published several photos of the excursion on the GNUmedia Gallery
The Ecumenical Campus Ministries is a great community space, with lots of events (such as a weekly, free lunch called Veggie Lunch). There are a lot of aspects of ECM to explore, such as service learning trips, classes, various speakers, a housing cooperative, an anarchist bookstore, community opportunity center, and more. It is a good place to network and to become integrated into many communities.
The North Powerhouse is a hydroelectric power plant that dates back to the nineteenth century. The building is remarkable and the turbines are quite a sight (and sound)! They offer tours to the public, which you can request from the Bowersock Mills and Power Company website.
I have enjoyed making friends and volunteering at VanGo Mobile Arts. I noticed that the map had no information regarding this awesome non-profit, art organization, so I added a few details to make sure it shows up on the map :-)
Woolman Semester School
I am quite fond of the land and community at the Woolman Semesster School. As such, I am continually drawn to help out in small ways.
I noticed that the polygon representing the campus was skewed to the north of many of the buildings. I expanded it, and stretched it across the primary campus.
I added a polygon around the old orchard, and tagged it with landuse: orchard.
Cow-op pasture land
I added geometries for much of the pasture land used by the cow-op (cow cooperative) that extends across campus.
These small edits have helped me to remember the sense of Home, and place, I felt while living at Woolman. :-)
I just added a point for Grass Valley Friends Meeting.