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10 Mile Hike Today! Manitou Springs Photos part 1

Sunday, October 13, 2013

As Mom was prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow and I was of no help having a bum right arm, I set out on a solo hike. Went a lot father than planned. The day was cool and windy, but sunny and the fall colours were in all their glory! Except for a sore knee and feet, felt good after the long hike. My longest hike ever at one time, ten miles (16 km)!
I was stuck inside on my mini vacation at Manitou Springs Sept. 27-31, but after two days of strong winds, pouring rains and near freezing temperatures, the weather finally broke and I got out on my first walk:

I wanted to take a walk out to see if the old road across the lake had resurfaced after the flood totally covered it two years ago:
The new road had water on both sides of it:

Seagulls resting on old dock poles:

The old road that used to cross the lake is close off, but you can still walk it:

The road is badly damaged, but safe enough to walk on:

the house on the other side of the lake, getting cut off from quick access to this side:

As it was already 2.5 miles just to the very entrance of the old road, I did not venture across, too long a trip without access to facilities.
Some trees did not survive the flood:

On the way back was a lovely little park I wanted to check out:

The park follows a narrow creek with bridges crossing it from side to side and picnic tables:

One of the many bridges:

Path leading out of the park:

Boardwalk going along an old quarry:

The old quarry is filled with water:

The active quarry:

Tomorrow is family day as some of my relatives come in for an early Thanksgiving meal.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends celebrating this long weekend!
Enjoy your Sunday all!
Thanks to REJ7777 for identifying the bird in my last blog photo as a greater yellowlegs (sandpiper)
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