Monday, January 22, 2018

Dreamers

Graffiti

At DDP, we're attracted to yellow. (Just take a look at some of the posts we've tagged as yellow over the years.) So this week, we're going to pay special attention to yellow, whether big or small.

This wall is in a rather trashy and nearly vacant lot behind a chain-link fence. But someone used this yellow flower to highlight big dreams.  "Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one's time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Path of power

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Looking for paths was fun. As you can see in this picture, the pathways of the wires on these power poles allow power to be transmitted  to our city and beyond. But, somehow, to me they still look like tall robots holding the wire...

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.” 
~ George Carlin

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