Perfect Phoenix day for a walk. Temp in the 60s, sunny, with a clear blue sky. This is why we tolerate our very hot summers, so we can enjoy beautiful, temperate autumn & winter!
There is an amazing quote from Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux Indian, at the Steele Indian School Park. Today, SparkFriend GALINAZ and I walked backwards out of the beginning of the spiral so we could read the words of this Sioux wise man:
"You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken, the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain, and the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance.
"This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children." Black Elk - Oglala Sioux
But wait! First things first. Here are some photos walking down into the spiral with GALINAZ (Bonnie) and JDCLARKE52 (Judy):
(My feeble attempt at a spiral shot from above. You can sort of get the idea.)
Here come Bonnie & Judy with Judy's dog, Suki:
You can also see how the sidewalk gently curves to the left. The spiral runs counter-clockwise:
At the center/bottom of the spiral (it does spiral down!), there is a beautiful reflecting pool with a gentle fountain flowing into it.
So of course we wanted our photos taken in front of the cool reflecting pond!
That's Bonnie (GALINAZ) on the left and Judy (JDCLARKE52) on the right. And the really cute one in front is Suki!
I switched places with Bonnie, so now this one has me on the left.
We walked back up the spiral where we had a choice of crossing this covered bridge, or walking to the right of it, to the path that leads all the way 'round the park. We'd come over the bridge already to enter the spiral, so we went to the right to circle the park.
At the two mile point, little Suki was getting worn out, so Judy took her home. Bonnie and I went back down into the spiral so we could hit the full 5k (3.1 miles).
The walking pace was slower than normal for us, as we stopped for picture taking and went slowly to read Black Elk's words. It was a very circular day (smile). If you take a look at my recent blog titled "Spiral Walk, MapMyFitness, 5k Planning," you can see the map of our walk.