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July 10, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Vote for Beauties (No Trumps)

Elegant masked woman playing chess.2009 Venice fashion shoot: Deror avi/

No masking the truth. Must know how to play the game. (Deror avi/

Naturally the contestants are nervous. Not only asked to strut out their best in front of huge numbers of strangers (“Eyes up here, please. I’m not that kind of girl.”), but also worried about what the folks back home are thinking.

Well aware that it’s a beauty pageant – a popularity contest – and wondering if their supporters will stay with them to the end.

One whiff of scandal or controversy could be the end of the trail. A total wash-out.

Good to stay grounded.

And that’s what the contest by USA Today recognizes.

The voting is open for the Readers’ Choice Travel Awards: 10 Best Urban Trails.

Contestants include 20 recreational trail systems located near a major U.S. city.

Are you going to hike over and march with your favorite to the winning line? Or keep quiet and fingers crossed hoping the mob doesn’t discovers it?

1922. vintage bathing shot Potomac Basin beach in from of Washington Monument Man and two woman:actresses/Nat.Photo Co../Loc/, press photo/

If our Mount Vernon Trail, Washington wins, we’ll dance again along the Potomac.(1922/USPD/

Wander here to get a glimpse of all their portraits in landscape, read of their attributes, and place your vote.

Camp out with the count on the leaderboard.

Rally the troops to support your choice? (Voting closes Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11:59am EDT.)

(Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail is flowing pretty strong. How come Boston has two entries? Both lovely, but….Hey, Boulder, wake up! Oh, Mountain Time must be causing the voting lag.)

Just a daydreamer? That’s ok. Vote for the place you’re dreaming of!

  • “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” (John Muir. 1912)
  • “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks”(John Muir. 1918)
  • “One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” (John Muir. 1917)

Nothing trumps natural beauty,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 10 2015 12:47 pm

    I’ve voted for the Boulder Creek Path, I would like to hike there (except the path would lead me to the Overlook Hotel lol)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2015 1:32 pm

      Good choice, Easy. It’s a dog friendly town…they even provide lots of flower clumps to visit. Paw waves for voting for cool!


  2. Paul / Jul 10 2015 12:53 pm

    Very nice Phil. Great to see the trails publicized.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2015 1:34 pm

      IF you can’t go on foot, at least the pix are great to gaze at. Thanks for exploring along


  3. Catherine Hamrick / Jul 10 2015 3:18 pm

    Just great. Love the pics–and the title.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2015 3:28 pm

      Looks like a few great places to add to the list. Nothing trumps a ready list when opportunity appears. Thanks for hiking in to chat


  4. Jay E. / Jul 10 2015 5:40 pm

    I pageant I can support; thanks for sharing.


  5. Littlesundog / Jul 11 2015 2:41 pm

    Isn’t that the truth about nature and natural beauty? The San Antonio River Walk and Mission Trail is the only one on the list I’ve been to. That just goes to show you how seldom I get to the big cities, and how rooted I am here in my own little paradise!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2015 11:04 pm

      You’ve always been known for making your own trails. Boulder’s (a really small town…how it got listed with the big cities, I don’t know) would appeal to you. Don’t think the pix really do it justice. People there are probably hoping someone else wins to avoid a mob of new trail fans.
      I haven’t walked that Mission trail for some time…maybe in the fall when it’s cooler. Thank for traveling down this path

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  6. PiedType / Jul 11 2015 7:31 pm

    Boulder’s probably lagging because all those folks are out enjoying their trails, not reading about them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 12 2015 10:57 pm

      Out there and wishing all the summer tourists would just leave. Glad you packed up a comment and hiked over


  7. marthaschaefer / Jul 12 2015 12:02 pm

    Now that is a pageant I can get behind, or on, or ahead of or whatever. Lovely post Phil.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 12 2015 10:59 pm

      It horribly hot, so perfect time to make a list of places to go during fall/winter.APpreciate you packing in a comment

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