Friday, September 14, 2012

The Oakland Heart Walk

Community service is a part of my yearly work goals.  My company encourages it (and gives us time to do it).  Every year I participate in the Heart Walk, which is sponsored by the company I work for (and several others).  It is always held on a warm September day (which is Oakland, means it was at least 70 degrees).  The walk is 3.1 miles around Lake Merritt, and it is a great opportunity to get up and away from my desk, as well as to get some fresh air and exercise.  Here are some highlights from around the lake. 

Everyone gathers at Snow Park.

Bottles of water are a necessity.

All funds raised for the Heart Walk go to the American Heart Association.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is a landmark along Lake Merritt.

One of many sobering reminders placed around the lake to remind us of why we are walking.  

A view across the lake.  Unfortunately, it looks better than it smells.
The Rotary Nature Center (home to the nation's oldest nature preserve)

Downtown Oakland from across the lake.

Man made islands that serve as a bird refuge.

The official mascot.

Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch (provided by our sponsors)?


Adele said...

Love the idea of Community Service!
Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

MM said...

Nice pictures, Erin!

Have a lovely weekend!


rooth said...

Aww, did you give the mascot a big hug? Or run away instead?

Katie said...

Wait, do you live in Oakland? I'm not sure I knew this. Justin is a HUGE Raiders fan {which is weird for a Jersey boy living in Indiana...} and has ALWAYS wanted to go to Oakland!

fluff and fripperies said...

That's so great that your company encourages this Erin, it's such a lovely initiative xo

Heather said...

What a great cause, and how awesome that your company encourages participation!

Ana said...

That's great that your company encourages that!! I usually don't walk around those areas, so all these pictures are pretty new to me!

SizzleandZoom said...

This is a reason why I'm such a fan of your blog. Beautiful photos of the area. Love the shot of 'view across the lake' and the gorgeous cathedral.

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