Here I often write entries about “Appreciating My Own Backyard“- finding ways to enjoy the feeling of travel and tourism without leaving my immediate area. But what, exactly, is my actual backyard like?
As I live near the top of a big highrise apartment, I don’t have a back yard in the true sense of the word. I don’t even have a balcony. I’m actually glad about this. We had one when we lived on the 11th floor and it was always loud and windy and not really a place to spend time – but we still paid rent for the space so it felt like wasted space.
Our buildings are inspired by the Brutalist Movement of the late 60’s early 70’s with lots of concrete and steel. One of the movement’s biggest proponents was a man who went by the name of Le Corbusier who was enamoured with the idea of the “Radiant City” – tall towers surrounded by green space. Our neighbourhood captures this well:
Our “Backyard” is the Don Valley – a large park that goes from Lake Ontario well to the south to several kilometres north of here. I can actually go down here on my bike and ride to the lakeshore without riding on the road – though I do have to cross a few. If I head to the north I can, if I don’t mind riding a couple of kilometres on the road, go all the way beyond the city limits while staying away from cars. It’s lovely. And if you know the way, it can even take you to some delicious Sichuan style Chinese food.
The paths range from single-track mountain bike paths:
to paved trails (Check out how young Daegan is in this photo!)
It can take you past watchful gargoyles:
Past the CN Tower:
The best part, though, about having a huge and varied back yard like this is the fact that there is never a lawn to mow or a walk to shovel snow from.
Inspired by this week’s Dutch Goes the Photo’s Challenge: Backyard