Walton Woods

“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” Ellen DeGeneres

Amherst, New York, March 1999

March, 1999 — It’s cold, it’s snowy, and I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant. The baby’s foot is in my ribs, I can’t bend down to tie my boots, and my bulging belly has a tendency to pull me over.Needless to say, hiking the Niagara Gorge is definitely out. But I’m always up for an easy stroll through Walton Woods.

February 1998 — It was a dreary cold February day but we didn’t care! The soaking rain was no match for our new Helly Hanson waterproof windbreakers.  Still, not sure we wanted to trudge through squishy mud on a proper hike, we headed to the pavement of Walton Woods and UB’s bike path.

This is where we come when we want to exercise and experience a bit of nature, without driving too far. The bike path loops around approximately 7 miles, and is frequented by joggers, bikers, and in-line skaters.

There are a few downfalls to the bike path. Always walk with a friend, because several crimes have occured along this path. As a result, fellow walkers are suspicious and less than friendly.  Another disappointment is that the path is littered with dog feces, despite doggie doo drop boxes at the trail heads. Of course, we are always meticulously clean with Sadie. I just hope less considerate dog owners don’t ruin it for us.

Located in Audubon parkway in Amherst.

Click here for a map of all UB bike paths.

A very pregnant Jen Weir walking with Sadie in Walton Woods
Karl Weir and Sadie walking in Walton Woods
KARL AND SADIE, WALTON WOODS, 3/99
Lake in Walton Woods in Winter
LAKE IN WALTON WOODS, 3/99
Ducks on lake along bikepath
A NEWER SECTION OF THE BIKE PATH IN WILLIAMSVILLE 
— ON A SUNNIER DAY IN JUNE 1998.

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