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Where do you and your family go to get outdoors or to exercise?
Ellen Childress, Far East Dallas: Like most city dwellers, we find opportunities to get outdoors and to exercise wherever we can. My husband is pleased to be back at the fitness center at Harry Stone Recreation Center now that it has been remodeled, and I will be joining him there after signing up for a yoga class.
Both of us like to walk at White Rock Lake as well as in our neighborhood. I wear a pedometer when I am busy here at home and can usually get 8,000 to 10,000 steps in during the day, which is a pretty good workout. We do some yard work and container gardening, too.
We live next door to Ferguson Park, which has a nice, serpentine walking trail with turnouts that hold outdoor fitness equipment and benches. These are all excellent places and ways for two 70-plus year-olds to get their daily exercise!
Bob Curry, Casa View Haven: Our project for outdoor exercise for this year is to hike the many urban trails, especially those along the Trinity. A few weeks ago, we explored a trail that runs from Scyene going south toward the Keeton Golf Course. It was a gentle and mostly quiet walk except the one time a DART train went by in the distance.
There is an overlook that allows you to see the valley toward the river, and it is also rumored to be a Native American story-telling place. Another area I visited was along the Elm Fork of the Trinity near Harry Hines Boulevard. This area is completely undeveloped, but there is an active vision for an environmental education center and a national park. There are some very serious and capable leaders moving this forward.
When hiking or walking isn’t calling me, I jump on a bicycle and head toward White Rock Lake. I go early in the morning, because the trail there becomes crowded and busy later in the day.
Whatever activity I do outdoors, I look for places that are quiet and peaceful.