Photo Walk: Saturday in Oakland

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Our Saturday mornings are always the same.  I took my DSLR this past weekend so you could join me on our walk.  Welcome to my fair city!

Our morning begins with breakfast, sometimes made at home, sometimes at the Farmer’s Market.  Mr. P made muffins this morning so we ate before heading the market.

We grab our bag and start walking — it’s uphill both ways actually.  The best part is turning the corner and the Lake comes into view.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Every day I think how lucky we are to live near Lake Merritt.  This morning, the Lake is already teeming with people.  Walkers, runners, strollers, skateboards, bikes, training wheels, geese, dogs.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

We walk up along Lakeshore Avenue and enjoy the sun.  It’s a beautiful walk even in the cold months.  Our Farmer’s Market is 52 weeks a year so our mode of dress may change but the walk doesn’t.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Up near the northern edge of the Lake, looks like there’s some sort of charity walk going.  Pretty sure there’s one every other weekend for some cause or other.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Just beyond the Lake, we make a pit stop at our little branch of the Oakland Public Library so I can get a book.  There’s a children’s event going on inside and thus there’s a stroller parking lot that reminds me of Disneyland.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Book in hand, we continue up Lakeshore toward the freeway.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

We have to walk under the freeway — the market is on the other side.  In some places, a freeway cutting through the middle of the neighborhood might harm the feel.  Here it doesn’t.  The neighborhood just . . . is.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Here we go, almost shoulder to shoulder.  Where I’m standing is where in December they will add a Christmas tree lot.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

First stop of the day.  These are going into homemade ice cream later this afternoon.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Next, to our mushroom guy to get mushrooms for our salads.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Then to the blueberry couple.  They appear every year for a few weeks while blueberries are in season.  That’s all they sell.  In just a short while, they’ll be gone and we’ll wonder if we’ll see them next year.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Mr. P pays for the blueberries and points out that fresh corn has finally arrived at the market.  I get really excited and dash off to buy some.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

English peas.  Fresh English peas.  There’s only one stand that has them and I’ll keep buying them until they go away.  Later, I’ll sit on the couch with a bowl and shell them all so they’re ready for weeknights.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

We let the farmer’s daughter upsell us into a bunch of purslane.  It tastes lemony and we’ll add it to our salads this week.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

One last thing — a bunch of radishes to go in the salads as well.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Time to head home.  Back under the freeway to the other side.  There’s a parking lot under the freeway with a constant traffic jam of cars coming from far and wide to visit our market.  We feel lucky again that we live close enough to walk.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Cross Mac Boulevard and walk back toward the Lake.  Out little library is in the background and the playground in front of it is jumping.  Not far out of the frame an outdoor yoga class is starting.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Back along Lakeshore.  The Canada Geese that inhabit the area have migrated to our side of the Lake again.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

Back up the hill with our spoils — uphill both ways, did I mention that?

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

We’ll need to bring a second bag next time.

Oakland Photo Walk by Natalie Parker

One thought on “Photo Walk: Saturday in Oakland

  1. How fun! I could have a similar day living in south FL. We are only 3 hours from Disney World and can totally relate to the stroller parking lot. Thanks for the laugh 😀 I can’t walk to our Farmer’s Market, but we too love the variety of fresh-off-the-farm goodies. I sure hope you make a scrapbook page of this. Your photo “trail” and commentary are fresh, witty and is a great “day-in-the-life” view of your world. Well done!

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