Photo by Maureen Hoffman
Four intrepid walkers pose in front of the memorial at Sunnydale School. The fifth brave walker took the photo.

Update: Downpour, Dresses and Drenched on Des Moines

WABI press release:
We got drenched!
Five of us rain-slicker-clad walkers headed out from Burien Town Square, hunkered in a doorway, into the downpour, undaunted by the deluge. We took advantage of the awnings and overhangs as we walked along the south side of 152nd, and marveled at the lavish “quinceañera – 15th Birthday Party – dresses” in a half dozen shop windows.
We noticed the cupcake shop going in, the Chinese market, the talismans and herbs, and the Christmas portrait studio.
It’s always remarkable what one sees when on foot instead of behind the wheel.
We headed east past Highline High School to Des Moines Memorial Way, the “Road of Remembrance.”

By this time, halfway through our 2.5 mile route, our feet and pant legs were drenched, but our group of five shifted and mixed and conversations changed along the way.
Once we got back to the middle of Burien, we didn’t even feel like taking time for hot coffee; a hot shower back at home sounded better, so we all said goodbye until the next Walk-n-Talk on January 6th.
Intrepid walkers we were, and it was a pleasant afternoon.(We got each other out for some fresh air and exercise!)

Here’s our previous coverage:

11/29/2012
WABI Burien press release:
We will be walkin’ and talkin’ and singin’ in the rain? (Isn’t that what galoshes and bumbershoots are for?) Incredibly, every Walk-n-Talk for the last 16 months, we’ve had dry weather. (Except that on one walk day it started drizzly and ended sunny.) Maybe by scheduling our walk, we chase the rain away?
Let’s meet up at 2:00 on Sunday, December 2, on top of the grassy knoll at Burien Town Square for our monthly Walk-n-Talk. We will circle east along SW/S 152nd St., past and around Highline High School and Moshier Field, as far as southbound Des Moines Memorial Drive, then back west along S/SW 156th St., and north on 4th Ave. SW. (This month’s route was the one selected for our July Walk-n-Talk by Burien Frequent Walker, Rob Johnson.)

This 2.25 mile route has sidewalks the whole way (!) and is mostly flat, so this is an ideal route for folks with mobility issues or who are pushing baby strollers.
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Time: 2:00 meet-up. Walking starts at 2:15
Place: Meet on the grassy knoll at Burien Town Square
Distance: About 2.25 miles, round trip. Mostly flat. Sidewalks roundtrip.
Some Intentions for Burien’s Walk-n-Talk:
“Encourage active living to support physical and mental health.”
(Part of Burien’s new “Vision”.)
Initiate conversation between friends and neighbors, new and old.
Create our own little “volksmarch“, in the European tradition.

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