|View from an intersection on Piedmont Ave|
|Miss Pittypat's porch restaurant|
Runners do not nod, wave, smile, or say "hi" to one another in this city. I have to be honest, it was a little disconcerting getting the cold shoulder from fellow runners. I expect that in the northeast. I was not prepared for it in Atlanta!
Speaking of running... While I was in Atlanta for a couple of days, I ran a 6.25 mile run from downtown to Piedmont Park (route map).
|Southwest entrance of Piedmont Park|
|View of the city from Piedmont Park|
|Park Tavern, at the southeast corner of Piedmont Park|
|Community garden in the park|
|View of the Park Drive bridge from the community garden|
Just past the community garden there are a series of trails that lead off into a tiny pocket of urban wilderness known as the Six Springs. I wanted to run the trails, but as a stranger to this town, I had concerns about how safe it was to run off-road.
I paused to scope out the scene, then decided it was too risky to run alone. Just as I abandoned the trail, another female runner did a similar slow-roll by the trailhead. She also seemed to have second thoughts, and turned away. I caught up to her, introduced myself, asked if she wanted to run the trails together so we could run safely.
Together we enjoyed a nice little spin through the Six Springs!
|Trails through the Six Springs area|
|Civil war history|
|Active Oval in Piedmont Park|
|Pull-up, push-up, step-up, and sit-up equipment at the Active Oval|
|Lake Clara Meer as seen from an overlook near the Active Oval|
|Heading back out toward the southwest gate|
|No Cruising zone...|
Atlanta had more sculptures, block for block, than any city I've visited in recent memory. I was a dorky tourist and took photos of dozens of sculptures, but I'll spare you the eye strain and share just one.
|Sculpture at Speakers Corner in Woodruff Park, downtown Atlanta|
|Playing life-sized chess in Woodruff Park, downtown Atlanta|
I can't wait to go back!