June 6 Day 455: Exploration

This morning’s adventure started by thinking about a special Math Around Town video. Can we simultaneously create a place-based math exploration AND celebrate all Tacoma HS graduating seniors this week? I started at Mt. Tahoma HS where all in-person graduation ceremonies are taking place over the next week.

Folks were working hard to prepare. Yet I was disappointed to see that one of the goal posts has been removed. The connection to Pythagoras and “football field math” is not as natural. But it still might be the path we follow.

Then, I decided to explore the Pipeline trail. Perhaps this could be the next location for a #TacomaMath Chalk walk? I walked from E S. 40th St south along the newly paved route—eventually passing First Creek Middle School and ending up at Swan Creek Park. Rather than retracing my steps, I decided to enter Swan Creek Park and work my way north on the pedestrian trails.

I have lived in Tacoma for 16 years, but this was my first adventure in Swan Creek Park. I have to admit that I got turned around and just a little bit lost. It is an amazing warren of mountain bike- and pedestrian- trails. I tried to stick to the pedestrian trials but after descending to the creek and ascending back to the ridge, I found myself in the middle of the mountain bike arena. The bikers were helpful and directed me to an exit. From there google maps returned me to my starting point on the Pipeline trail. It was 1.5 miles more than I intended to walk this morning. But I hope it helps me earn the completion badge for the just-begun Tacoma Trails Challenge.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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