Thursday, October 29, 2015

Just in the nick of time!!!

Daylight savings.....  PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US!!!!  Tonight we barely got back to our cars before darkness set in.  I think it is because of daylight saving ending soon, but Jill is convinced it's because I mapped us a route that was 7.5 miles :-)  Haha....... I guess subconsciously I was punishing her for leaving me for 5 days.  Wait until she gets back from her trip..... she's gonna be walking 1/2 marathons with me!!!!

So we started tonight at Dunlap Elementary.  Just one more short route in this area and we'll be done with everything west of Oak Glen Road and south of Yucaipa Blvd.

The streets around Dunlap Elementary are really nice since they put in sidewalks.  They aren't on both sides of the street and they only are around the block of the school, but that's at least better than it was and (HOPEFULLY) eventually they decide to add more and really get this part of our town looking nice.

Greeted by this beautiful horse on Avenue E.  He has lots of little friends fenced in with him.  I think we saw goats and sheep with him.  Oh and a cute English Bull Dog (I think named Dozer) right next door.

 I love seeing my Hometown Hero Banners around as we walk.  Yes, I know some are fading and need replaced (I'm going to be working on that soon) but I love seeing them.  It was also really cool to see lot's of American Flags along this route.  Not just one or two, but whole streets full of Old Glory.

But can I just say, without offending anyone, THANK YOU for proudly flying the American Flag but PLEASE, when your flag is tattered, torn or faded, PLEASE replace it.  You can deliver your old flag to the American Legion and they will dispose of it properly.

Our walk took us east on Avenue E and then north through Windsor, Camelot and Cambria Streets.  The homes along these streets are beautiful.  Large ranch style single story homes all on large lots with very nice landscaping.

This cute display in a front yard really caught our eye.

We then continued up 10th Street to the Del Taco (great spot for a potty break - especially on a 7.5 mile walk) and then back down to Avenue D.  The sky was very dramatic this evening - the dark clouds turned red as the sun was setting.  It even looked like it could have opened up and poured at any moment.

After we are done with WALKING EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA, we are going to walk this route along the wash.  I know it runs all the way to the freeway but does anyone know where it begins???

As we continued out Avenue D, we failed to yield to these road signs (that's the rebel in me).  Looks like the city might finally be building a bridge over the wash between 10th & 11th on Avenue D.  That will be awesome when it is finally done - the road gets washed away every rain.

We then walked up 11th Street to Yucaipa Blvd and then down to 13th before we headed down 13th all the way to Oak Glen Road.  Some cute little cul-de-sacs alongs this street and we ran into these little fellas.

I did say EVERY cul-de-sac right???  Yep.... that's right... when we said we were walking every street in Yucaipa - we meant it.  No street is left untouched - unless we see NO TRESPASSING, we will be down your street sometime soon.

This cul-de-sac had us waking up all the dogs but this big guy was by far the most vocal but also one of the cutest!!!!  We names this guy PETEY..... do you see why?                                                                            So far, 29 days into our challenge, we have not encountered any stray dogs and no safety or scary issues!!!  

Our tax dollars at work - on 13th Street and Oak Glen Road, it appears the City is building another bridge over this part of the wash!!!  The homes right here are pretty inconvenienced, but I'm sure they will be grateful when it is completed.

So after 13th Street and all the cul-de-sacs, we heading up Oak Glen Road.  For the most part, there is a nice wide dirt path on Oak Glen Road, but right near the 13th Street intersection, you have to actually walk in the bike lane.  If you've lived in Yucaipa long, you know there have been several fatal car accidents right at this location, so it is not probably the safest spot to walk, but we walked at a pretty good pace and got to the dirt paths quickly.

Almost 2 hours, nearly 7.5 miles at a 15.33 mile/minute pace - feeling pretty accomplished tonight.

We're gonna be off the streets until next Wednesday, since Jill Caballero can only handle not seeing her boys for two months at a time (they are away at college) and she's heading out to play "Frat Mom" for the next five days.  But we will be back at our quest to WALK EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA on Wednesday.  We will be finishing the Dunlap area on Wednesday - starting near Dunlap Road (by where Angel Roadhouse use to be).  Our walks, during the weekdays, will be reduced to about 3 miles a night (due to losing daylight savings), so feel free to join us any night.

Until next week......

Monday, October 26, 2015

Don't Leave ME in charge of the Maps ;-)

Yep..... losing my key one day and the next, taking us down (WAY DOWN) the wrong!!

Our route today was suppose to start at Farmer Boy's and head down 13th Street to Kentucky, so my face must have shown my shock after we already put in 1.5 miles when I looked up and saw the sign for 13th Street.  Oops..... sorry Jill Caballero.... but its all good.  We just added to our route again today!!!  Maybe subconsciously I think we need a higher calorie burn, who knows!!!

Anyway, our journey today, in our quest to WALK EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA, continued in the Dunlap area.   The streets are definitely busier in the afternoon than they were on Sunday morning, so you have to be careful (no sidewalks) and pay attention to where you are walking.

Dunlap is actually a nice area.  It always gets the "bad rap" of being the "older part of Yucaipa" but if you take your time and walk the area, you see cute little older homes and hidden cul-de-sacs.  I told Jill thought that, after our challenge is over, I very well may begin my campaign with the City of Yucaipa to get these streets paved (and quit tearing them up) and get some curbing and sidewalks!!!  I think its sad that this area seems to have been "forgotten" by the City and is often overlooked for road improvements.  But that's for another day and another challenge (cause I'm sure it will be one).

Back to our walk today, we started at 7-11 and headed down 14th Street (although we were suppose to be on 13th Street...oops) all the way to Kentucky.  Kentucky ends into 12th Street so we headed up 12th zig zagging on all the little alley like side streets.  Our walk was a very comfortable 4.86 miles without any hills at all.  If you don't mind not having sidewalks, this is a great beginner walk (being that there are not any hills).

A nice entry into the dirt trail along the wash.  My goal is to one day, walk the entire length of this wash.
Proud American.  I love a beautiful American Flag waving in the breeze!!

A nice little quiet area in the Dunlap area.

Dunlap Dolphins!!!  A great school with great employees!!!!

Start and end at 7-11 on 14th Street.

We will not be walking again until Thursday and will be starting our walk at Dunlap Elementary School - Thursday at 4:15pm.  Would love to have you join us - thanks Karen Tuttle for joining us today!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Where's my key........... OOPS!!!

I will get to the meaning behind the title in just a second, but first let me tell you - early morning walks in Yucaipa are THE BEST!!!  Some of our routes have us parking one car at the end of our route and then driving the other car to the top of our route - and that was the case today.  I parked my car at our end location (7-11 on 14th Street) and then we drove Jill's car up to the top of 18th Street to start our walk.  Today's early morning walk took us up through the streets on the campus of Crafton Hills College (if you haven't had a chance to walk these streets, they are peaceful and beautiful.  

MAKE SURE you turn north on EmeraldViewDrive (it leads to the CHC Maintenance shop) but the view of the San Bernardino Valley is spectacular!!!

If you have the stamina to conquer the hills up here, towards the east end of the campus, you can see the beautiful new olympic size swimming pool and acres of the huge solar panels.

Our sunrise this beautiful Sunday morning!!
Views of the Yucaipa Valley from CHC

Heading down Campus Drive (on the East side of the campus), you get a beautiful view of the Yucaipa Valley.  There is a nice trail head and parking lot at the top of the road here as well.  A definite "must do" when it cools off and the snakes aren't out as much!!

More views of our valley.

.....and one more!!

After we left the Crafton Hills College area, we made our way around 15th, 16th, Avenue E and Avenue D streets in the Dunlap area.  It was a nice, quiet morning walk.  We were greeted by nice, tail wagging dogs, a few cats, a yard full of chickens and rosters and this momma duck and her ducklings!!!

Now back to the title of this blog.... WHERE'S MY KEY.....  Well, after a lovely 4 mile walk, what could make it any better except realizing I left my key in Jill's car (at the top of Sand Canyon Road)!!!  She was a real trooper though and didn't send me walking that hill alone, we hoofed it back UP that hill (see picture below), added another 1.27 miles to our route but found my key :-)

NOTE TO SELF.....  Don't ever end a long walk with an uphill climb like this!!!

So, we started our quest to WALK EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA on October 1st.  Since we can't walk every day (due to "life"), we have walked 14 total days thus far, covered 62.88 miles in just 13 hours and 54 minutes with an average pace of 16.38/mile.  

Tomorrow we will be starting again at the 7-11 on 14th Street and walking through the Dunlap area.  If you want to join us, meet us at 4:15pm.  Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A walk through Dunlap......

If you know Yucaipa, you know right where I'm talking about when I say "Dunlap".  Well that is where we are now on our quest t walk every street in Yucaipa!!  We parked our vehicles at Baker's and did a 5 mile loop along Dunlap Blvd., 18th, 17th and 16th Streets and Avenue E.  Yes, I know, we do not have any sidewalks in this area (and I think that is a whole additional topic that the City needs to address) but there is actually a nice amount of dirt paths to walk this entire area and still feel safe.

We are finding a whole different view of our town since traveling on foot.  You get to take your time passes cute houses, beautiful landscaping, playful dogs and friendly people when you aren't speeding pass at 45 mph - besides getting healthy on top of everything else.

Tomorrow we won't be continuing our quest to WALK EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA because we will be raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness while participating in a 5k Color Run at CSU, San Bernardino (it's not too late to join us there - 8am at CSUSB), but we will be back at it Sunday morning (I talked Jill Caballero into a Sunday morning walk :-) where we will begin our walk at 18th Street and Sand Canyon Road and travel through the streets of Crafton Hills College before heading down 14th Street and wrapping our way around 15th and 16th Streets before ending at 7-11.  This will be a comfortable 4 mile walk.   For anyone wanting to join us - we will meet at 7:00am on 18th & Sand Canyon.

The beginning.... so not fair smelling all that food!!

Walking along Dunlap Blvd. - actually walking faster than the
Eastbound traffic towards Oak Glen Road!!

This is a nice, clean family mobile home park!!  and its HUGE!!!

Loved the mailbox!!!

What a cool house!!!  A mini baseball diamond and awesome pool!!

WHY?!?!  Every walk we go on there are these little liquor bottles.
Seriously, is it our teens sneaking alcohol or adults? and why cant they find a trashcan!!!

Daniel's Market.... I've always wanted to buy lottery from here.  Not sure why but I need to soon.....

Our town is BEAUTIFUL!!!  Look at these views!!

Barbara Costello, Jill and I at the end of our walk!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bet you've never been here before.....

YEP..... bet you've never been to this part of Yucaipa before - but you drive past this area EVERY time you get on and off the freeway!!!  Just a stone's throw past Arco, is this quaint little area.  Cute older homes, followed by some huge beautiful ones and a long stretch of rode that takes you into Redlands.  We followed Overcrest up and over the hills until we reached the Orange Groves of Redlands.

This is a beautiful 4 mile walk with some great views of the valley.  The roads seems a little intimidating but were not as hard and the other day.  If you want a nice 4 mile walk,  I would strongly encourage you to try this one.

We have a break tomorrow (gotta go see if my UCLA Bruins can beat Cal at the Rose Bowl) but we will be back walking EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA on Friday.  COME OUT AND JOIN US.... 4:15pm at Baker's.  We will be heading down Dunlap Road and up and around 17th & 16th Streets.  This route is pretty flat and we would love to have anyone join us.

Walking right along the I-10 freeway.

Jill Squared - YEP... that's us!!!

Greeted by this cute little French Bull Dog!

Views of the Valley......Beautiful!!!

Love this house!!!  Is it your's???

See the damn off in the distant!!!  Up at the top of Overcrest.

Did you know we have a Nature & Wildlife Sanctuary? I didn't!!

Tarantula number TWO on our walks!!

Overcrest & Tennessee - Walking Yucaipa

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What goes up....must come down.....

What goes up must come down was and is an appropriate title for our walk on Monday afternoon.  I'm posting a day late, but that walk wore me out!!!

This walk started us on 17th Street and Yucaipa Blvd. (we parked right by the State Farm Office on the corner) and then proceeded down the blvd. (I like how you don't even have to say "Yucaipa Blvd." but anyone from Yucaipa knows what you mean).  Anyway, I would NOT recommend walking along the blvd. right here to anyone - it was quite dangerous and scary - no sidewalks, no bike lane and no dirt path.  We jogged the are just to get through it faster, but in reality, we should have crossed over to be safer!!!!

Anyway, we continued down the blvd. hitting every little cul-de-sac along the way (and there were a few).  Those streets were straight uphill and worked muscles we didn't know we had...haha!!!  Once you get down to Overcrest (behind Arco), there is a lovely little community back there.  The hike up to the streets in a doozy, but well worth it.  I would rate this walk as one for more advanced walkers and someone that wants to work a lot of various muscle areas.  

We are back at our quest to WALK EVERY STREET IN YUCAIPA tomorrow (Wednesday) when we get to finish the area above the Arco Station and all the hills off of Overcrest.  We will be meeting at 4:15pm at the Park & Ride by Arco, if you'd like to join us.

Our route started with a climb up 16th Street to Sand Canyon and
back down again, just to cover that part of 16th Street

Finally got a dirt path to walk on along the blvd.

All the way up and all the way back down!
One of several cul-de-sacs along the blvd.

We were greeted by these cute guys.  Tails wagging but lots of barking :-)

Love this house with all the signs.  Have you seen it???

Jenna, Jill & I at the highest spot on 17th Street.  That is the view of the blvd. way down there!!!

See how much we've done already!!!  We're getting there - ONE STREET AT A TIME!!!