Sunday, December 02, 2012
Yesterday, I took my two greyhounds to Steele Indian School Park for a long walk. Well, two miles is long for a sprinting dog (smile). We walked the entire park's perimeter, then down into the spiral and back out. A Spiral Walk. Here's how the walk looks on the MapMyFitness android phone app:
The park is on Indian School Road, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and - in fact the road was named for the Indian School that once sat on the park property. You see, it wasn't always a park. It used to be a boarding school. Back in the early 1900s, the "all-superior white Americans" thought the best way to deal with the indigenous "Indian" population was to separate the children from their families and raise them in boarding schools. The children were not allowed to exercise any of their native traditions and were forced to learn and speak only English. It was brutal and in my opinion, horrendously cruel.
So the school is no longer a school, yet gave the road its name and now has given the park its name. The park has many historical stops where you can read about the history in various eras. The spiral walk is my favorite part of the park. It descends gradually about two stories, with lovely desert landscaping. At the bottom center of the spiral is a reflecting pool/fountain, where you can stop and truly forget you are in the heart of a busy metropolis.
Today, Sparkfriend HIKERBECKY and I returned to Steele Indian School Park to map out a 5k for our SparkPhoenix Team to walk in a week. We have a team put together for an official 5k being held in January and are "practicing." Walking 5k is no longer a big deal for me, though it remains a nice work-out! It translates to 3.1 miles.
Anyhow, Becky and I walked the spiral. We liked it so much that after we looped the full park, we walked the spiral a second time. And guess what? It is truly meant to be. The spiral, looping the park, then back into the spiral is just a wee tad over 5k (3.1 miles). Perfecto!
So this weekend, I enjoyed the spiral walk three times! WooHoo!