Last weekend I did a nice long run through the city. It was snowing and cold so I wasn’t particularly fast, however I did enjoy the experience. While the sights of the city were interesting as always, it was the sounds that stuck with me the most. Here’s what I heard.
Ambulence. When I started my joggling workout down North Avenue towards the lake, the first thing I heard was the siren of an ambulance. I live near a hospital and this is a pretty frequent occurrence.
Slush splashes. Since it was snowy there was a large amount of slush on the ground. I frequently splashed through it and heard that sound.
Shovels scraping. The rhythmic scrape of shovels on pavement reminds you that it’s winter. I am always impressed with how many people a responsible and shovel their sidewalks.
Salt crunching. When you run over a sidewalk that has been shoveled and salted, your shoes create a crunching sound.
Car horns. As a joggler, you get beeped at rather frequently.
Kid’s comments. As I joggled by a man walking with his two little girls, one of them said “Hey daddy, that’s guy’s juggling”. I smiled and did a trick.
Tiger Roar. But perhaps the coolest thing I heard the entire time was the roar of an actual tiger. I ran through the Lincoln Park Zoo and the tiger was out. I snapped the photo. Then as I put my camera back into my vest, the tiger roared. It was cool!
I’m sure there were a number of other things that I probably heard but I can’t remember much more. Also, I was listening to a number of podcasts and had my head wrapped in winter clothes so my ears were not exactly attuned to my surroundings. Still, I enjoyed my audio tour of the city. It made my long run much more pleasant. In fact, I think I’ll do it again this coming weekend.