Field Report No. 20151223NM
Topic: Cold walk, hot coffee
Conditions: Chilly, stunning
COMMENTS: We park on the outskirts of the west central neighborhood and slide down the steep slope to the Centennial Trail. It’s my husband’s birthday and we’re determined to squeeze in a walk before the sun abandons us at 3:58. The trail has been surprisingly well-loved despite the cold temperatures, and a narrow footpath winds through the snowdrifts victoriously. Braver souls have already been running and cross-country skiing while we enjoyed donuts and games indoors. We traipse along, eyes fixed on the glorious scene below. Firs, pines, and spruces stand tall like royalty, freshly adorned in their robes of white while the river jogs humbly beside them, never stopping to acknowledge our praise. The Pacific Northwest is at its finest.
The temperature plummets with the setting sun and we pull up our hoods to ward off the cold. The longest night of the year is upon us. Instinctively we turn back toward the car, and head east. Once Indaba Coffee has been mentioned, it’s hard to go anywhere else.
We stomp the snow from our boots and a lemon vanilla latte thaws me from the inside out. This beloved coffee shop has served us well through a variety of seasons. But as we look around at the students cramming for finals and the father with his daughter nearby, today we’re grateful for the simplicity of a walk and a delicious cup of coffee—just the two of us.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bundle up and enjoy the wintry scenery. This activity doesn’t require any fancy equipment; just a pair of boots and a warm coat will do. It is common to meet a friend for a beverage, so simply tack on an active walkabout beforehand. Pick the warmup spot in your area and work backward from there to choose a nearby trail.
photo: Phil Moore
As the kids happily drop their hard-earned quarters in the Ms. Pac-man machine, we realize we haven't complained about the heat all day... the sign of a well-played summer day.
COMMENTS: When Jeremy Hansen and his team are cheffing it up, you know things are going to both look and taste world class.
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Carman stops to talk with me for a few moments. On Friday night, he hopes to fill the place, and begin to fulfill the mission of CHARTS (Child Humanitarian Arts): connecting local artists and art enthusiasts for the sake of children in the community.
For some of us, most of us, maybe all of us, Friday is a celebration for the end of a long, taxing work week. We count the days, hours, and minutes until our time belongs to us once again.
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