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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Exploring Boston: Jamaica Pond Loop

Ow. That’s the short form.

The long form: I walked an 10.6 mile (17km) loop this morning, encompassing a large chunk of that parts of Boston’s “Emerald Necklance” I hadn’t previously walked.

Here's a map, as recorded by "My Tracks," an Android app I used.  It uses your phone GPS to create a moment-by-moment map of your peregrinations, and than can turn the track into a Google Map like this:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=207316946626375813067.0004c20c99f8b55e14629

(I've been trying different apps to help me log my exercise. My Tracks is nice because it not only logs where you went, but tracks time, distance, overall speed (including whatever stops along the way, such as when I stop to take a photo) and moving speed (ie your walking pace); plus elevation changes, and such. It's pretty slick, and it's free. http://www.google.com/mobile/mytracks/ )

It was another great walk, with an amazing amount of "urban wild," such as this Black-Crowned Night Heron that posed for me:

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I'll process and post the rest of the pix soon. But now, I need to put my feet up. 10.6 miles is a lot, for this geezer. :)