On the road again. I just can't wait to be on the road again. And, it is about time. But, procrastination kills a lot of dreams. It was killing mine. But, I am through with that. I have some special talents, and I am not going to waste them.
Maybe I am not the best musician or singer, but I know I sound better than many others that I have heard lately. And, I write songs, good songs. So, I'm going to busk, somewhere, and soon.
Many people have told me I should try writing for a living. Well, I did have a short story that was published in a college textbook long ago. But, I have no records of any kind of it. But, I used to write letters to publications all of the time, and most of them were published. Most of the time they were published without the least bit of editing done to them. And, no, I have no records of them either. And, all of that stuff was long before the digital age. I do, however, maintain several blogs as best I can with what little time I have available.
And, finally, I take great pictures, and I have sold more than a few of them. But, to me, not enough to call myself a professional photographer. For now, I still describe myself as an aspiring professional photographer. I just need to learn more about marketing my work. I am now working on that.
So, come Monday I will try to kickstart a dream that I have had for several years, but just could not find a way of stepping up, stepping out and doing it. Sometimes you just have to decide to do it anyway.
The city of Henderson, Nevada makes every effort to put every square inch of city property to good use. The city parks reflect this effort. No matter where you live, or where you are coming from you will find that Henderson is a well-planned city with parks that are designed to keep people, locals and visitors, coming back to them.
When I arrived at Sunridge Park the sun still had not risen above the mountain that bordered it on the east side. But, there were already a few people walking through and around the park. The park appears to be a place where locals frequent to get their exercise. Their ages ran from teen to seniors, with a couple of moms and toddlers showing up to put the playground to good use. One mom told me that she brings her kids her to tire them out so that she can get some rest. In the less than 2 hours that I was there a softball team showed up for practice, and a couple of men showed up at the tennis courts. Dogs were on leashes, but I did not see a dog walk.
Park Amenities: playground, picnic tables, barbecue pits, open grass areas, restroom, tennis courts with lights, volleyball, baseball and softball fields, courts with lights, multiple purpose open field areas, basketball court with lights.
All reservations are on a first come first serve bases. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. For more info: http://www.cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/facilities/rental-information/park-and-trail-reservation-information
Cornerstone Park, Henderson, Nevada is one of my most recent outings. I have now been there four times. My last trip gave me the opportunity to walk completely around the lake. This park is a destination park for many Henderson community events. It is a beautiful park with paved trails to walk and explore. There is also easy access to the shoreline of Railroad Lake, the most outstanding feature of the park. I know that as long as I am able to live in the Las Vegas Valley that Cornerstone Park will be a frequent destination for me. I shall return, and often. You can expect more postings about Cornerstone Park in the future.
Once the site of a gravel pit Cornerstone Park covers 100 acres, including 31 acre Railroad Lake which serves as a water detention basin to protect the area against local flooding. Amenities of the park include picnic tables and warming kitchens, lighted basketball and volleyball courts, walking paths (natural and paved), grasslands, waterfowl, wildlife, numerous variety of plant life.
One blog for 3 subjects (music, photography, and travel) works fine for my private use. It does not work for commercial use. And, to make blogging worth doing I need to try to turn them commercial. So, as of today, Better World Media does not exist. In place of "BWM" I will now post on my old blogs, or not at all. Being a slow learner is not fun. But, at least I can learn.
Since my arrival in Las Vegas on May 1st, 2017 my primary project has been to start a catalog of outdoor activities that the city of Las Vegas offers it's local residents and visitors who care to venture off of The Strip and out of the casinos. I have now visited 5 city parks and hiked City View Trail. It has purposely been a slow start on this project because of the heat and because getting settled into a residency here in Las Vegas is a major project.
Here are photos from 3 of the parks that I have visited. Vivaldi Park, Sonata Park and Pucinni Park are all connected by Seven Hills Trail. This trail is a 2.5 loop trail, but there are side trails that take you through the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the trails seem to be paved. The All Trails web site says the trail is good for all levels, but I have learned quickly that even the ease of any path depends on your stamina. Keep a bottle of water with you. To get to Seven Hills Trail and all three parks take the St. Rose Parkway to Seven Hills Trail Drive. Stay on Seven Hills Drive. You will see the entrance to Vivaldi Park on your right. Continuing on you will find Sonata Park on your left, and finally Pucinni Park is on your right just before Seven Hills Trail Drive ends in a "T" with itself. It seems that almost 3/5 of Seven Hills Trail slopes fairly gently upward, 1/5 of the trail is a steep climb, and 1/5 is that downward slope that you always wanted to ride your bike down when you was a kid, so hang on and go for it.
One last item: You can start your walks at any of the three parks. They are all interconnected. And, you can do what I have done by taking 3 separate days to visit three separate parks. I now plan to return to these parks and start taking the trails that extend out through the surrounding neighborhoods.
This scene is from the adjoining neighborhood to the east of Vivaldi Park. I clicked this photo as I exited the site on my way home. The park has fantastic views of the city of Las Vegas, Henderson Executive Airport, and the mountains that surround Las Vegas Valley.
Sonata Park would, I think, be the smallest of the 3 parks. It's major points of interest is the large grassy field and this children's park. When the day is done this park is well used by locals of the neighborhood.
This, in the red, is Seven Hills Trail. The greed dot is Pucinni Park. Following the red line to the left of Pucinni Park will eventually take you to Vivaldi Park in the area of the two red dots that are close together. In figure #1 you can see the trail (in red) as it continues southeastward and hooks up with Seven Hillls Trail Drive. This is where the steep hill begins. But, the downhill side is a refreshing walk.