There are over 131 miles of canals to adventure. Check out amap and hit the trails. However, sometimes Triking takes a lot out of ya. If you find yourself hungry and parched while recreating along the Arizona Canal, take a break at O.H.S.O. at 48th. It has a great trike parking area right off the canal!
Im going to take a leap of assumption and state that if you are reading this blog it is more likely than not that you have 24 hour access to clean water. World wide over 780 million people lack access to a clean water source. Approximately, 3.4 million people die yearly as a result of water related disease, that's almost the entire city of Los Angeles.
The Trike had just been pulled out of the Livery and already it had an audience. Jackie, a Scottsdale resident and Jane, a soon to be transplant from Arkansas, were headed to the market when they stopped for a chat. They were curious if the power from pedaling the Trike provided clean water... now that's pedal power !
Nestled in the Ko’olau
Mountains along the windward coast of Oahu is the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.
It is in this lush paradise that the US Army Corps of Engineers constructed a flood
control dam in 1976 after several devastating water events. The resulting reservoir covers 32
acres and is capable of holding back 10 times the amount of water during
periods of flood. These images were
submitted by Andre M.
Meet Bob & Rich. They are ambassadors for the City of Scottsdale. It was only natural that they would be drawn to the Trike aka the canal ambassador. The conversation began with a booming inquiry from the curbside, " is that thing electric ? "..... I wish Bob, I wish.
Water is the only naturally occurring substance on earth that takes three forms: liquid, gas, and solid. When water, H2O, changes phase its physical appearance changes due to parting of molecules. For example, in the solid phase water molecules are close together and in the gaseous phase they are the furthest apart. Did you know that frozen water is about 9% lighter than liquid water? This is why ice floats on water.
"I suppose it's a luxury to have clean cold water always readily available and a little extra on hand incase of an earthquake....and even though there is drought, one must always be prepared for rain." Life in West Hollywood
I do my best to stay out of the photos but on this Triking occasion an exception was made.
After a full morning of Triking on the multi use path along the Arizona Canal, I had the good fortune to meet a pair of friendly gentleman sharing a cigar. Inquiries about the sign and the jumpsuit led to a full and lengthy conversation about the beginnings of Salt River Project, dams, reservoirs, canals, drought, water conservation, and water distribution. Thank you for a fruitful and engaging exchange that led to this photograph of Steve and a Triker.
What's better than a treasure hunt you ask? Well, a Trike hunt of course!! Word has spread of the Sparkle Blue Trike on the canal paths and people are on the look out along the Arizona Canal for the infamous three wheeler. Some even follow muddy Trike Tracks to the Livery for an up close Trike experience. This is the stuff of Urban Legends...
This image was submitted by Connie S. while on vacation away from her desert home of Arizona.
"Water in south Florida once flowed freely from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee and southward over low-lying lands to the estuaries of Biscayne Bay, the Ten Thousand Islands, and Florida Bay. This shallow, slow-moving sheet of water covered almost 11,000 square miles, creating a mosaic of ponds, sloughs, sawgrass marshes, hardwood hammock, and forested uplands. For thousands of years this intricate system evolved into a finely balanced ecosystem that formed the biological infrastructure for the southern half of the state. However, to early colonial settlers and developers the Everglades were potential farm land and communities. By the early 1900s', the drainage process to transform wetland to land ready to be developed was underway. The results would be severely damaging to the ecosystem and the species it supported." National ParksService
Arizona, the 48th state to enter the Union and Alaska, the 49th state to enter the Union have more in common than simply starting and ending with the letter A. A lovely morning conversation huddled around the Trike with Danny and his son Derek proved both informative and entertaining. Regular migration from Fairbanks, Alaska to Scottsdale, Arizona offers a very unique perspective on water, water use, water conservation and water costs. One might assume that the land of snow and glaciers would offer unlimited water resources, oddly-the opposite is true. I was surprised to learn that the cost of water is significantly higher in the Alaskan frontier than in the Arizonan desert. I also learned some interesting tidbits about septic tanks and leech fields in both vastly different landscapes.
On the way to the canal the Trike made a stop at Gebert Contemporary on Main. A self serving side stop to survey the new works hung for the holidays led to a charming conversation with Stacy B. about water, the canal, the multi use paths close to her home and of course aesthetics. Sparkle blue looks good on you !
Water is Memory. Flowing. Connecting. The tides, currents and undertow of a childhood spent between Cairo and Alexandria in a secular and forward moving Egypt that has long since been washed away. These visually and emotionally layered images were submitted to My Your Our Water by artist Khaled H. who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.
This is Bob. While his t-shirt may tout southern sports he is a desert guy through and through. He can spin a descriptive tale of "what was there and what is now here": desert, buildings, highways, and old haunts. In fact, Bob used to swim the canals in the summer as a boy as he made his way to the ponds in Papago Park. Let's hope he has a soft spot for Suns Orange too! Thanks for sharing the summer stories.
We have the tendency to think of water primarily as a resource we consume or use to grow agriculture. Water is a life and land saver... and not only after a 5 mile run! Flashback to 1673 in Amsterdam where Jan van der Heyden is credited with fashioning the first fire hose out of 50-foot lengths of leather sewn together like a boot. The leather hose held together by copper rivets was introduced in Philadelphia around 1794. However, in most areas most fires were extinguished with buckets of water hauled to the scene until the mid 19th century.
Triking on the Old Cross Cut Canal has led to many encounters with two legged and four legged walkers. Jake, Ginger & CJ enjoy the neighborhood proximity of the once canal now park. CJ, who is an ocean girl from California, walks to the Arizona Canal to photograph the sparkle diamond reflections on the flowing water at sunset. You can put a fish in the desert but it's gonna find the water!
Morning Triking starts at 2nd and Brown in Old Town Scottsdale. On Saturday mornings this area becomes the site of the well attended Scottsdale Farmer's Market. It was on one of these fabulous Saturday Markets that the we, the Trike and I, had the good fortune to gain the acquaintance of Alex and Sherrie. While I'd like to say it was my dapper white jumpsuit that garnered their attention, I do believe it was the My Your Our Water signand their personal connection to water, arts and SRP that lured them into conversation. Alex is a civil engineer armed with a vast knowledge of watery stuffs and Sherrie is a freelance writer rich in arts empathy. Thank you for a well rounded conversation of water and aesthetics.
Salt River Project delivers about 800,000 acre-feet of water annually to approximately a 375 square mile service area. The water managed by SRP travels a long way before it reaches your kitchen sink:
My Your Our Water starts as a water source such as rain or snow, it travels through the forest & watershed, the reservoirs, the dams, the rivers, the canals, it arrives at the various city and municipal partnerships, then makes its way to farms & agricultural areas, and finally is delivered to the end users (aka us!)
It's never too early or too late to get in shape or stay in shape. Vincent and Juan routinely exercise along the multi use path of the Old Cross Cut Canal. They burn calories, chew the fat, and talk to strangers. Ok, just one stranger on a sparkle blue Trike. Great energy guys!
December rain brings saturated color to the desert. Reds and greens and golds all hung with ornamental water droplets. The average annual rainfall for Phoenix, Arizona is 8.04 inches which is 80% less than the national average. Enjoy the gift of desert rain !
This lovely trio was out bright and early on the Arizona Canal womaning the water station for a 5k fund raiser run for Veritas Archway Charter School. Jody, Kate and Janel were responsible for the hydration of hundreds, well maybe not hundreds but A LOT of thirsty people. Hi 5 ladies- H2O never tasted so good!
In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons of water indoors and outside. More than 45% of that water use occurs in the bathroom, with nearly 27% being used by toilets! Luckily, toilet water usage can be curbed by checking for and fixing leaks, retrofitting older toilets, or installing new toilets. A running toilet can waste about 200 gallons every day.Curious how asingle flush can save gallons... ?
As it often happens with the Trike, one conversation often attracts a second conversation and so it was this fine afternoon. Meet Kimo, he is Hawaiian and well versed in living a life connected to H2O. He was totally engaged, aware and ready to a have a super solid conversation about water: water rights, water conservation, and water economics. The dialogue flowed easily from one topic to the next and finally docked at a lovely spot of mutual admiration. Me ka aloha pumehana