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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)
Hugs,
Linda
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RDEE22 10/27/2013 9:25AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! and for sharing your patch of country. It is beautiful. emoticon

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/26/2013 10:34AM

    You have the prettiest areas to walk.

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RUFFIT 10/16/2013 9:35PM

    Wow that is a great hike. Great pictures too!!

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LINDA! 10/16/2013 9:23PM

    I am happy that you had a great Thanksgiving. The walks always come in handy also when we have a feast. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 10/16/2013 12:14PM

    Felt like I was walking right along with you... beautiful pics... thanks for sharing.. Where is Manitou Springs?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2013 7:47AM

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I love going on walks with you and enjoy your beautiful pictures!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and pictures with us. You have some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen!!! Again, thank you for allowing us to tag along!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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ENUFF81020 10/15/2013 11:55PM

    That park looks like a gorgeous place to go and enjoy the outdoors--maybe in warmer weather than even you all are having right now. I love the outdoors and cannot get enough of it--That's why your blogs are always so special to read.
Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!!
Hugs andmore,
Sylvia

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JUNEAU2010 10/14/2013 3:29PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/14/2013 3:20PM

    Inspiring photos to draw a body outdoors to live life as fully as possible. Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/14/2013 9:34AM

    Taking it all in - gratitude in pictures!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/14/2013 1:42AM

    Ten miles!! WOW!! Beautiful area! Never thought of a sandpiper. Hope you had a nice dinner! Hugs

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JAZZID 10/14/2013 1:03AM

    emoticon blog. Thanks for sharing the pics from your walk; looks so peaceful. I love nature; there are lots of parks here and some nature walks but not all so safe. There is one north of me that is home to a lot of native plants & wildife, I will have to make a point of going there one day. emoticon





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ANGRITTER 10/13/2013 10:31PM

    You always have such wonderful places to walk. I am going to have to start digging around here to see if I can make things more interesting. But I really hate to drive a long way to walk. Seems counterproductive to me... and driving makes me tired VERY FAST.

Love the blog and the pictures. Just gorgeous!

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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 12:29PM

    What a beautiful hike: love the seagulls on the posts!!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/13/2013 12:15PM

    Great pics. Always enjoyed summers at Manitou. Thanks for more great pics. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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CELIAMINER 10/13/2013 9:19AM

    You have amazing adventures on foot! Thanks for posting your pictures, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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KELLIEBEAN 10/13/2013 7:58AM

    Wow that is SO beautiful. I'm sure it was way more breathtaking in person but great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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CATIATM 10/13/2013 7:56AM

    I love that you find the beauty and wonder in everyday things. It's the beginning of discovering contentment. I'm working on it.

And given that we're still breaking 100 degrees regularly -- it was lovely to see signs of autumn, even if just in photos! emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 10/13/2013 5:14AM

    Thanks for posting: it's like I took the walk with you!

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MAUIUENO 10/13/2013 3:15AM

    Great post. Terrific walk. Wonderful pictures! Mahalo for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

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