I am a walker… not a fast walker mind you, just a walker who counts it as retiree exercise. Walking has always been boring for me, but since arriving at PVE in late 2010 it has been less so—a real break-through for me.
I have created multiple walking routes, each different from the others, which help reduce the boredom. For example, starting at PVE’s entry gate, one can choose walking distances of 6/10 mile, 8/10 mile, 1.4 miles, 2.4 miles and 3 miles. The latter route involves Paradise Valley and Manuel Campos Parkway, which are maintained by Fairfield’s maintenance crews as a linear park. In fact, we enjoy this natural beauty every time we drive to PVE’s entry gate.
Everyday walking experiences include greeting our own neighbors, listening to song birds, observing turkeys and rabbits enjoying their own paradise, and even spotting an occasional deer and coyote. The foliage is beautiful and sufficiently diverse to boast colorful blossoms nearly year round. For several months each year one can watch and hear the cattle grazing and “mooving” on the surrounding hillside. Occasionally, I pause for a moment to watch golfers teeing off on one of the front nine tees of Paradise Valley Golf Course. And it’s always fun to greet “outside” neighbors who are walking their dogs and kids, or just jogging by to demonstrate how slowly I am walking.