Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater (DE Docent). A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. The USS Slater is now open. I plan on walking in Albany on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27. You can contact me at:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010-09-30 Monthly Log

Total Miles logged 105 for September

Walks Included:

  • Local Neighborhood Loop (1.7 - 3.0 miles), 19 times
  • Oakwood Cemetery Loop (3.2 - 6.3 miles), 4 times
  • Downtown Albany (~ 3.2 miles), 1 time
  • Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve (3.3 - 4.5 miles), 1 time
  • Voorheesville (~ 4 miles), 1 time
  • Thacher Park (~ 5 Miles), 1 time
  • Olana (~ 2.5 Miles), 1 time
  • Short Walks in Myrtle Beach (1-2 Miles), 9 times
  • Myrtle Beach - Walks along the Beach (3-10 Miles), 4 times
  • Charleston, SC (2 Miles), 1 time
  • Brook Green Gardens (~3.5 miles), 2 times

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010-09-14 Brook Green Gardens (Murrells Inlet, SC)

In September NY Walkman was on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When my wife picked up a brochure on Brook green Gardens I expected to find a "South of the Border" Style Sculpture Museum. WOW - was I wrong!

Instead I found a beautiful gardens and with an excellent collection of sculpture. That was only part of the 6,000 acre estate. There was also a wildlife exhibit, a butterfly exhibit and several nature walks and historic tours. My wife and I spent two days there, and there was still a lot to see. Each day we packed a picnic lunch. There was an great picnic area, which could easily accommodate several hundred visitors. In the picnic area, on one day we were alone, and on the second there was one other couple.

Each day we visited, our pedometers register over 4 miles. The map below shows a course less than three miles, but as you wind your way through the gardens the distance will expand. On one day we went to the Low Country Center and took the bus to the (self Guided) Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail. They have an well mapped trail, that I would guess is between one-two miles long.

It's understandable that the Gardens has a restrictive photo policy, so I limited the number of images of sculpture from the slide show.

Brookgreen is at the nexus of a quite a few extremely interesting characters and events from American History: the Huntingtons; Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia; Joseph Alston; Theodosia's mysterious disappearance; and George Washington's visit.

Map My Walk - Brook Green Garden LoopView Interactive Map on

2010-09-16 Myrtle Beach Walk

Whenever we vacation at a beach I try to wake up early and go for a long walk on the beach. While beach walks are pleasant, there is little variation (Ocean, Waves, Sand, Birds). I usually try to walk until I get somewhere interesting - an inlet or a pier. In this case it was a five mile one way trip along Futch Beach. The destination of was Hog Inlet. On the other side of the Inlet was Waites Island (the Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve). On the way I passed two fishing piers (the Cherry Grove Pier and a private pier).

Map My Walk Map - Myrtle Beach WalkView Interactive Map on

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

2010-08-31 Monthly Log

Total Miles logged 129 for August

Walks Included:

  • Local Neighborhood Loop (1.7 - 3.0 miles), 24 times
  • Oakwood Cemetery Loop (3.2 - 6.3 miles), 10 times
  • Zim Smith Trail (2.0 - 7.0 miles), 3 times
  • Downtown Albany (~ 3.2 miles), 6 times
  • Saratoga Springs (~ 3.0 miles), 2 times
  • Altamont Fair(~ 3.0 miles), 1 time
  • Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve (3.3 - 4.5 miles), 1 time
  • Lake George (~ 4 miles), 1 time