Today Lucy and I completed the industrial part of what I started calling our Marina Walk project. Short version – our morning walks. Today, we also closed the loop on walking all the way from the bridge to the breakwater. From our marina to the farthest reaches of all close, near or far areas. And it’s all within a short walk to the Western Flyer.
In writing about our walks I also learned some new and historic things about our area. The bridge for example, the one I previously referred to as “the blue bridge”. As far back as the 1870’s ferry service across (before the bridge) consisted of a rowboat. For decades up until the bridge (Vincent Thomas) was built, the only way over was a private ferry service that began on the Sixth Street wharf in 1941 – today the ferry building houses the Maritime museum.
Traveling a brisk 6 knots this ferry carried workers to and from the canneries for a whopping five cents or nickel. Back then what we now refer to as a nickel (because of what it was made out of) was composed of 75% copper and the rest, you guessed it – nickel.
Yesterday, the Admiral (Patti) refused to walk this final section. It upset me so, that I declared Sunday, a day of rest. Look at the pictures below and you tell me if it’s really that bad or ugly. To me walking is walking, the ever-changing scenery is just one more added benefit. Good thing about our walks are a) we’re not on a stationary machine; b) our scenery is constantly changing.
I do admit – the pictures are somewhat bleak but, the area is extremely safe except for well, maybe the feral cats, rabid raccoons, skunks, two-headed rats or possibly airborne or otherwise industrial waste contained inside the fenced in area.
Photo below: Lucy fearing for her life runs away at the thought of a feral cat or worse!
This beautiful water tanks welcomes all ships into the harbor, mounted atop WAREHOUSE #1.
And if you want some scientific facts to help get you get out walking then . …. A Dutch study has found that walking trumps an hour-long sweat fest at the gym when it comes to lowering insulin sensitivity and cholesterol, two factors for developing diabetes and heart disease.
Lessons learned on our Marina Walks.
(1) Lucy dog and I thrive on getting out and loading up on vitamin D (from the sun). This time of year (December 2014) lots of people are probably deficient in vitamin D. D also plays a big role in ones bone health and immune system.
(2) We come back to the boat or home with lots of renewed energy. Due to boosting our circulation and increasing our oxygen supply we become more alert and alive following a walk.
(3) Finally, we are happier. The feel-good endorphins enter the bloodstream, good thoughts about life in general come our way, any non work day (remember – Lucy & I are retired) stress or anxiety disappears.
(4) Last but not least, I enjoy taking pictures of our walks and sharing them with you.
Why just look at the architecture on this building. This is the corner of the San Pedro fish processing plant. During its heyday around 16 canneries operated nearby. I’m sure the smell of fish probably permeated the entire area. Add to the smell the large-scale fishing operation and you can see what finally became of the “chicken of the sea”.
Back then every cannery had its own whistle. This whistle was blasted out to the working populace when a fishing boat loaded with fish arrived; and it was time to come to work.
Lonely bench looking out over Angel’s Gate – the LA Harbor lighthouse.
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.