Sunday, September 30, 2012

Horse Creek Trail

 On Saturday, Matt and I headed out to try out a new-to-us walking trail in Dora, AL, a little over an hour away.  We wanted to check it out for possible biking, but at just 6 miles, we decided to walk it instead.  We have been walking the same trails so much, I wanted something new since we had a whole afternoon open.

At some point in the day, I realized my old friend David lived in Dora and I got in touch with him Saturday night, we talked for an hour and made plans to meet up at the end of the month.  I had not talked with him for over 2 years, yet he had my number jotted down to call on Sunday afternoon.  Great minds! 

 We were menaced by numerous small dogs!  One house had 5 weemies and a...whatever that white dog is who barked and chased us.  They were not quite as bad as a lone small dog who decided ripping out my ankles would be a great way to spend an afternoon and he chased me-always running away as soon as I turned around-for at least 300 yards.  I finally had to bluff-charge him growling and barking myself.  He ran.  When Matt passed him a few minutes later-he had been getting a cache-the dog barked at him about 20 seconds before running off.  I can only assume that means I have tastier-looking ankles.

 The trail itself is older, the surface is cracked and the paint fading.  But it's in good shape, no potholes.  There is a long slope that I think would make riding it on a bike nearly pointless because you could coast at least a mile of the 2.5 mile one-way paved area.

At 78, the trail continues another half-mile or so as an unpaved basically mowed path.  It goes behind some houses, a couple with large barking dogs which does not really make for a peaceful feeling as you stroll along!

There is a steep up-hill connector trail that links the rails to trails path to the local city park.  The park has a small track, maybe 1/10 a mile around.  There are bathrooms, parking, picnic facilities and a playground there as well as access to the city lake which is open to fishing, but nothing else.

The trail goes through wooded and residential areas, past a couple factories and crosses a couple roads.  We only saw 3 bikers and 2 other walkers out, though it was a really nice afternoon.  We did get caught in a brief rain shower and were able to make good use of one of the 5 'rest areas' along the trail, which are small roofed spots with a trash can, short bench and a bike rack.


This is a persimmon.  On the internet, there are SEVERAL photos of quince blooms identified as persimmons.  This gives me mental itching.

Overall, it's a nice trail, I wish we had one that long nearby.  The whole walk was over 6.5 miles and took about 2 hours.  It would be fine if you lived nearby to haul a bike to ride, but I would not haul bikes all the way there for such a short trail unless the kids were little bitties.  For a decent rails to trails ride or walk within 90 minutes of home, Richard Martin still wins my vote.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Singing Down the Sun

Today we went with the dogs out into the pasture to make up songs about nothing.

Chan will be getting her braces off in another couple visits, so I wanted specifically to get a few shots of her with them on here at the end.

She wandered around making up songs and playing with the dogs.

I followed her around with the camera, of course.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Macro Morning

Today has gone really well, I feel like I have gotten some things done. Our weekend was quite nice, Matt and I more or less made up from the weekend before. I survived the hike and we got in another walk at the track Sunday. My tailbone still aches, poor thing!

This morning I got up and got going, walked on the treadmill and worked on a hat while Jake did some schooly stuff on Matt's computer.  I got a cool offer for some weekend plans next weekend and worked out the details on that.  Then we got the laundry all caught up and dinked around cleaning up a little-mainly running the vacuum since we had some brown recluse issues last week, ugh! 

While Jake made lunch, I went out to play with the macro lens, I had been looking outside while I was walking (that sounds so wrong) and saw a ton of morning glories blooming along the fence that were a new color!  So, off I went.