It happened one day in late June. Megan Hernandez and her husband Bob were walking on Sandringham Road.
“I have lived in this town all my life, probably over 50 years” Hernandez said. “All of a sudden, we see Marlborough Court. I thought, ‘We never had been on this street.’ It was really pretty.”
And thus a project was born, one that Hernandez is hoping others in Piedmont might take up: Walking every street in Piedmont. Hernandez printed out a map and took a highlighter to it, trying to figure out which ones she and her husband have never walked. The two take a daily walk and Megan Hernandez said there is no schedule to complete the project. She isn’t a collector, just someone who likes walking with her husband.
“Once COVID started, it was fun for my husband and me to walk,” she said. “Get him out of the house, since he was working at home. Plus we love to walk. Anytime we travel, we walk all over. We love to get that feel of the pace of the city, the architecture of the city.”
Architecture is one of the attractions in Piedmont.
“We walk at various times,” Hernandez said. “Morning, noon. To me, it’s a fun way to explore the town we live in. I always feel there’s a surprise around the corner. Like a house or a street I didn’t know about.”
“I like interesting doors and interesting windows and interesting details on homes. We’re always kind of scanning the streets and looking at that. It’s conversation and enjoyment for us.”
Plus, there are places that Hernandez does know, but hasn’t seen in years. She found an old house where she once gave private swimming lessons as a young woman. She has moments of, “Do I know this street?”
Hernandez put together a scavenger hunt for a walk with her nearly 8-year old niece.
And Hernandez is enjoying getting to know a city she thought she knew so well.
“There’s more than I expected,” she said. “Little courts and little streets.”
Hernandez said exploring can be done on bikes and by families. There’s also Piedmont trivia you can learn on a walk about town, such as the highest and lowest points in town.
“You have time to talk,” she said. “No phones going on.”
And Hernandez has enjoyed waving and saying hi to people on her “new” streets.
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