Thankfully, our summer temperatures are back down to where we like them and so it was a great week for walking in the City. This one was kind of my version of a penny hike. That was something Girl Scouts (or Brownies -- the youngest scouts) used to be able to do -- just some kind of coin toss at the corners to decide whether to turn left or right or go straight. (I'm guessing not too many kids are able to do that these days.)
I didn't actually toss a coin, but starting with no particular plan except to walk until I got tired, I decided at each intersection which path looked the most interesting. Here are some pictures from along the way:
This is YaPoAh Terrace, the tallest building in Eugene. It is a senior citizen residence with 222 apartments, some of which are subsidized for lower income seniors Even though it is our City's closest thing to a skyscraper, the apartment is located at the edge of an 'urban forest' at the foot of Skinner Butte Park. Next to the building on the street side are community flower gardens for the tenants.
The building is 50 years old and according to our local paper, the owners plan an extensive remodeling process later this year. The paper said that the owners plan to move tenants to temporary housing on a floor-by-floor basis while new windows and other upgrades are completed. It said that no current residents would be displaced permanently. But I imagine there is a certain amount of anxiety on the part of the tenants.
My next turn took me just a few blocks further up the hill to the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, locally known as the Castle on the Hill. This Victorian style home is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It was built in 1888 for the first owner and deeded to Lane County by the third. It is now owned by the City of Eugene and kept open to the public by a non-profit organization. I'd like to see the inside of the house and plan to take the tour this summer. (I've had this goal ever since we moved downtown -- this year I am really going to do it!)
I strolled past a few cute little smaller homes that made me smile . I'd be more at home in them than either a 22-story building or a 'Castle'.
And then as I walked further on a quiet block of older homes with no particular interesting features, I spied what I was sure was a statue of a deer in an overgrown garden ....
... until the statue noticed me!
(I'm not sure which of us was the most startled.)
And then I saw the rest of the little family! I checked my step-counter and this home was less than two miles from our apartment -- which makes it even closer than that to the middle of downtown Eugene. Gotta' love this kind of City life!
A little further on was a block of mostly historical homes. The architectural details on these homes are always interesting. If I owned a two-story historical home, I would definitely plant a window box of geraniums!
All of the historic homes in that neighborhood are currently occupied; these are some of the signs near their front doors. In Oregon, there are certain tax advantages for owners who put their qualifying homes into the historic places registry (more information here). The small print on the Pironi House sign says 'Craftsman Bungalow.'
This street dead-ended near Skinner Butte Park and I walked along the Willamette River Path in the general direction of home.
A step-counter check back on our own little corner of downtown Eugene showed I hadn't quite made that elusive 10,000 step goal, but it was close enough to deserve a treat at a nearby bakery. It was a good morning in the City.
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