Friday, January 19, 2018

The river path

Rio Hondo riverwalk path

The foot and bike path along the Rio Hondo riverbed is one of my favorite paths in Downey. Here at the entrance by Crawford Park, this bridge provides a path to both sides of the riverbed.

Rio Hondo riverwalk pathOn the Downey side, the walk to the north takes you past the Rio Hondo Golf Course. On the other side, you pass the Bell Gardens Golf Course, followed by John Anson Ford Park. There are a couple of gates into the park, where you can take a pleasant stroll around its lake and watch all the ducks.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Childish exercise

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This path at Furman Park leads you to the children's playground where children can exercise their muscles in a playful and safe environment. Adults can only observe.

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This path leads to the playground next to the one above and is for the smaller children. We love to take our grandson here and watch him climb the steps all by himself, then go down the slides. You can see the Kiwanis' emblem on the path. All the equipment and ground cover were donated by the Downey Kiwanis Foundation.

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Sometimes our paths are downward. Do as the kids do and enjoy the ride.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quiet exercise

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I ride by this path each day on my way to work. It is the sidewalk on the perimeter of Kaiser Hospital on Caring Way between Imperial Hwy and the large parking lot just north of the hospital. The hospital staff are encouraged to walk this path along with the park across the street as exercise. I don't know if the walkers are rewarded monetarily but the beauty could be reward enough.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Alley pathway

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Continuing with the theme of paths...this "alley" pathway has always puzzled me.

IMG_4779-1We live in Orange Estates and the large majority of homes have alley access to their garage or the back of their yards. Well, these homes (just south of 4th) have alley access to their yards, but this is really much more of a footpath than it is an alley; they certainly don't have garage access. I have always wondered how this alley came about so differently from the rest. Does anyone know?

"Imagination is a great thing in long, dull hours, but it's a real curse in a dark alley." 
~ Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Monday, January 15, 2018

A peaceful path

Downey Cemetery pathway

Path: a road, way, or track made for a particular purpose. This week at DDP, we're focusing on paths.

On the gravestones in the Downey Cemetery, we often see the phrase "Rest in peace." This path, shaded by these old, old trees, contributes to a peaceful setting for those who come to visit.

"Like a good meditation practice, visiting a cemetery focuses our attention on what really matters; helping us to discriminate between what is true and lasting from what is transient, and of little importance."
~ Pythia Peay, Huffington Post

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Creamistry experience

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I finally got around to visiting Creamistry—the latest ice cream experience in Downey. It requires a little guidance, you have choices to make. What base you will choose: the creamy, most chosen one, the gluten-free organic option, or a sorbet type of base.

Then you need to pick a flavor...while there are not 31 choices, it does require serious decision-making skills. Then, when you think you are done, you next must decide what you would like to add in (nuts, chocolate, cereal, marshmallows, candy pieces, the choices again are varied). After choosing your add-ins, you have to decide if you want them on top or mixed in, but then you are done with the decision making and ready for the visual experience of ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

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I have to admit, mine was delicious, albeit more than I normally spend on an ice cream splurge. However, I was so excited to get my ice cream, I forgot to take a picture...I guess I am just gonna have to go back at least one more time.

"Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos."
~ Unknown

Friday, January 12, 2018

Rainy streets

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The much-needed rain that came so suddenly last week seems to be over. But for a short time, the streets had this magical glow at night. Somehow it makes everything more appealing.

"Rainy days,
Rainy nights.
Wash the world,
Set to right.
Cleansing streets
set apart.
Rainy days
Cleanse the heart." 
~ Unknown

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Humans of Downey - Jason

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“I’m like everyone else in that I have a need to love someone and to be loved back. There are different levels of people’s ability to love and to accept others' love, but I need to be in those intimate relationships. Another way I’m like other people is that I want my sons to achieve their full potential. And I want to create an environment for them that lets them do that.

“One reason I’m unique has to do with how I responded to my parents’ lack of participation in my childhood activities. They both worked very hard and only had a small amount of time to spend going to my activities. So, I did it my way. With sports and my martial arts, I took the lead and just went with it. The adult in my life that did help out and spend time with me was my grandfather. He took me to different sporting events. He owned 11 gyms so I always did weightlifting. My aunt was a tri-athlete so she influenced me regarding physical hard work to achieve your goals. Two other ways I’m unique is that I run the largest non-profit reptile education group in California and I have a son with Down syndrome.

“Here’s a story that keeps me going this way. About 10 years ago I got my reptile organization involved with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. One day, I brought two of my big snakes to the visiting area where two girls from the oncology ward came to see them. They were in their chairs hooked up to their oxygen masks and IVs. I set one of my albino Burmese snakes on this one girl's lap and she cracked this smile that, every time I tell this story, I get chills. I let her hold the snake, the mom got pictures, and the family was very excited. I’ve seen excitement in what I do and it always drives me on.

“About 10 o’clock that night I got a phone call, but I didn’t recognize the phone number. The voice on the other end said, ‘Jason, I don’t know if you remember me, but you came to the event today, you put the snake on my daughter’s lap and she had a big smile on her face.’ ‘Oh yes, I remember Ashley”, I said. She said, ‘I just wanted to thank you. Ashley passed away tonight.’ And I’m thinking, for what? She said, ‘I owe you everything right now. Without you, every lasting memory of my daughter would have been of her hooked up to those machines. Just nothing. But now I have evidence of my daughter smiling and having a good time and that’s what I’m going to remember.’ And I just lost it.

Stuff like that makes Jason Jason. I work 70 hours a week to keep my non-profit going. It’s who I am.”

~ Jason