| Photos by The Publisher |
Celebration through its trails
Many paths into the interconnected town
| By the Publisher |
The trails are not a strange phenomenon in the United States, but what’s rare is that 26.7 miles of them link an entire community.
Celebration is connected by 16 trails; the shortest of them is .6 miles and the longest, 5.2. This fact is important because the community was developed with the idea of being explored easily by foot or bike.
With this in mind, I decided to get to know the town’s web of trails a little bit more. Although I know they are an essential part of Celebration’s lifestyle and I walk them regularly, I normally use the shortest route to get to my destiny… But not this time.
This day, when I went to the library to deliver several CDs and Readers Digest's Complete Do It Yourself Manual (which I recommend to every Real Estate owner), instead of returning through Celebration Health Loop, I decided to make a right at the library to take the High School Loop and walk its 5.2 miles.
This was ideal because this new route took me very close to the library, from where, after delivering what I had checked out during my previous visit, I took the book The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction, by Donald A. Ritchie.
To a large extent, this kind of experience was what brought me to Celebration in the first place: the opportunity to enjoy Florida’s endemic flora and fauna while cycling and feeding myself with the richness of the environment.
With almost 30 miles of road, Celebration trails have everything that is needed to help me conquer another one of my goals: optimizing my emotional and physical health.
However, the trails have so much more positive points than those more personal to me. They make better places out of their communities because they help to maintain a good amount of open spaces and preserve natural areas.
Also, these roads —paved or made out of wood in the case of Celebration— become an attractive stop for tourists, since many travelers look for places with trails for the opportunity to explore the new spaces through their simplicity.
I am glad to have changed direction and taken the High School Loop, until recently a road unknown to me. It was spectacular to know its full extent, especially the mile within that journey that crosses protected natural areas.
I will continue to walk this route whenever I go to the library, a practice that will undoubtedly help me continue to put myself in contact with my community and my surroundings.
Department: Traveling OFA
Tags: Travel, Hotel, Florida, East Coast