Sunday, November 22, 2015

Walking The Dog

Next to my apartment complex is the Bonanza Trail. It was just finished about 4 years ago. The Bonanza Trail is a six-mile trail that runs along Summerlin Parkway and U.S. 95. And I like that there's this walkway to walk the dog that isn't far away. 

That large wall you see is a sound wall to keep the noise from the I95 freeway from disturbing the neighbors that live right next to it. I can tell you right now that it really doesn't block out much. Before they put the wall up a few years ago, the only thing separating the freeway from us on this side was a metal fence. It's a very tall wall though.

There are signs along the trail like this little green one that say, Bonanza Trail so you know this is the trail if you are walking or biking it. But as you can see the apartment complex is right next to the trail, sound wall and freeway. 

If you aren't used to the desert landscaping, you might be asking why are there rocks where the grass should be. Well that's because we have a water shortage here in the desert and most people here don't have grass. Most places where you would see grass in other parts of the US, you see rocks or sand here. It's called desert landscaping and it's used to help conserve water. 

As you can see we do have some big Pine tree's in my courtyard. But they don't require much water and I like them because I can find pine cones on the ground this time of year if I want some for crafts. 

But these green metal tree's were installed to beautify the Bonanza Trail. There are quite a few of them just within walking distance from my apartment. Frankly I think they are kinda strange.


I don't even know what the hell this one is supposed to be. But people already tagged it with some spray paint. 

Falcor likes going for a walk over here though. 


There's always something for him to look at because there was so many apartments down the street and people are always out. And as you can see, I'm getting out a little bit more. I still suffer from Agoraphobia and don't go out much but I do take Falcor for a walk over here and he likes it. 

24 comments:

  1. Your dog is adorable and congrats on being able to get out a little more. That's HUGE news! Love your little doggie! Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks, he loves going for a walk.

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  2. That's great that you have been able to get out and enjoy the trail. I agree on the weird metal trees though. Can't they plant some cacti?

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    1. I think they were afraid the cacti would get stolen. It happens.

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  3. A wonderful idea for a trail indeed. Greetings!

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  4. The pup looks happy with using the rock as a pee post lol I'd imagine that wall would be pointless for sound.

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    1. The wall doesn't block out much at all.

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  5. My grandmother lived next to a busy road that might as well had been the interstate, You could always hear the cars at night

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    1. Now that the weather is nice we have the window open at night and can hear the cars on the freeway all night long.

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  6. That looks like a great trail to walk your dog and it's great you're getting outside a bit more. That must be hard with your phobia. I like those metal green trees that make it look a bit nicer, they do look a bit fake and weird, but I like the attempt to make it look less boring with that high wall. I've never lived in a desert, but it sure looks different than all the grass here. I guess it has it's own charm. Falcor is adorable!

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  7. so glad you and falcor can have a good place to walk!

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  8. Looks like a good walk for the pooch :) I've thought more and more about desert landscaping here.

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    1. I kinda of miss the grass.

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  9. That is great that you have a safe designated walk way right near you. The desert landscape is all too familiar when I visit my folks in Utah. They have a lot of rock landscaping there for the same reason though not as much as Vegas.
    I love the various shades of sand and rock that make the desert beautiful. The sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous. Nice that your temps are low enough to have the windows open even if the cars are loud.

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    1. Oh yeah, Utah has the same landscaping.

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  10. Awe your doggie is so cute, and I like that you have a safe environment to walk him :)

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  11. The walking is good for both of you. You're right about those green trees. They're a little weird.

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    1. Yes it is. Those metal structures are just strange.

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  12. Your dog is really cute. It is good that you have a safe place to walk him. It has been a while since I've been to the desert, but I like that kind of landscaping.

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    1. Thanks. I really like this trail.

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