But for now, come with me along the Clear Creek Trail - a roughly 2.5-mile stretch of paved trail that winds through fields, along neighborhoods, and past farms.
|"Oh lordy, do I really want to do this?"|
|As before, the walk starts at the bridge just above the parking lot off of Church Lane.|
|It seriously kind of cracks me up that there's so much|
"traffic" here that we need a roundabout.
|Rather than staying straight ahead, as we do for the Rail Trail, |
this time we veer off to the left from the roundabout.
|This stretch, just after the roundabout, seems |
especially mystical on foggy mornings.
|A reminder that we are but tolerated visitors |
and we shouldn't stray from the path.
|Seen at the trail heads, these signs remind me of |
"Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock" diagrams.
|Strangely enough, of the three trails, this is the only one that marks |
which road you're about to cross or that you should stop at the
road. (If you can't read it, this sign designates "West That Road"
across the top.)
|This trail has more foot bridges to cross than either of the others.|
|One lone house in the middle of a big field. This is the house that |
sits on the farm mentioned below.
|Water fountains are a welcome sight every mile or so.|
|A couple stretches of this trail go through open fields, which allows for |
amazing palettes of color like this.
|I'm sure these belong to some farmer, but considering the number |
of deer that I've seen along this trail, I'm betting they enjoy a few
meals off of these hay bales, too.
|Like the water fountains, benches show up every so often for |
those who need them.
|(Cue Beatles music) The long and winding road...that leads...to your door...|
|Just another shot of the trees - the colors were wonderful this morning.|
|I *love* this sign...until I remember I'm really only halfway finished.|
|One end of the trail is currently blocked off by road construction.|
|Where the posts are...that would be the back half of what used to be the |
parking lot at this end of the trail.
|A PortaJohn. A roundabout. And doggie clean-up bags. |
They're ready for everyone and everything.
|Beginning the return trip. At least it's a downhill slope.|
|I believe there are more reminders to clean up after your |
dog than there are benches or water fountains.
|We regularly have to move to the right to allow bicyclists to pass.|
|It helps to see the distance markers go past (the little red signs). |
It gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
|More limestone decorating the side of the trail.|
|(Cue "The Wiz") C'mon and..ease on down, ease on down the ro-oad....|
|Sorry for the blurry shot, but this trail leaving the main path |
always makes me wonder....who...why...
|You can't tell it, but there's quite an incline to this little hill. Considering |
that it comes about 4 miles into the trip, Sandi has aptly named
it "Oh Shit Hill." It's one of those spots where you just have
to dig in and GO.
|More signs of suggested activities along the kids' section.|
|Describe the colors and shapes you see...|
|...as well as the letters you find.|
|The last road crossing before we finish.|
|Another blurry shot, but I kept it because it is the second-sweetest |
sight I see - the roundabout at the beginning/end of the journey.
|See? Roundabout. It's official. We're almost finished.|
|Again, I get tickled that they need a Yield sign as if there's a |
lot of car traffic here.
|The bridge! By this point, I'm usually having to talk myself to the end. |
"C'mon, you can do this. Just a few more minutes. Almost there. MOVE IT!"
There. You just did a 5-mile walk in fewer than 10 minutes. Don't you feel better now? ;)
Oh, and the sweetest sight I see? My car, waiting to take me home for a hot shower. :D