A Grand Day for a Walk...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

It was good to sleep in for a change.  I didn't get up until about seven AM.  Lynn did a much better job of it.

We headed out for a walk shortly after breakfast.  The most outstanding feature of the area here now is the absence of trees.  Several folks have had their land clear-cut.  It's a shame, in my opinion, that not even the healthy trees remain.  The Pine Beetle is the culprit, but to remove all of the trees is a waste.  A small copse of trees can withstand the high winds and add a lot to the beauty of the area.  Enough of this...

We walked over to Rainbow Bay.  This is a beautiful bay and one of our favorite walks.  The trail was pretty overgrown with grass, thistles and the dreaded Spotted Knapweed, but is easily followed, since it borders the lake.  We saw no significant wildlife, but did see a few birds and several butterflies.  Lynn spotted one golden one with leopard-like spots and I got a decent shot of it.  We tried out a new App on the phone, Run Keeper, which tallies your distance, speed and time traveling by any self-powered mode.  We did about three miles in just over an hour.  It reminds you every several minutes of your progress.  Interesting, but not a necessity.  It does show a map of the walk/hike, so is a creative novelty.

Later in the day, we walked for half an hour or so in the closest campground, Philipsburg Bay CG.  Several folks are in place already, with many sites reserved for the weekend.  It's interesting, being retired, not to have to restrict one's camping time so drastically.  We are blessed in having the place here, a home and Shorty.  Nice choices!  It's about sixty-five degrees up here today with spotty wind. The lake is at about 6300+ feet above sea-level, so the temperature at night dips down into the forties.  A nice contrast.  Lynn loves to sit on the neighbor's deck and read in the sun.  I prefer to read indoors, for some reason, especially when I read on the laptop.  

We're enjoying our time here.  Lynn has finally recovered from the cough she got when we were down at the Red Rock Wildlife Refuge.We're now able to walk or hike whenever we chose.  It's great to be physically able to get out and enjoy creation and not have to wait to recover in order to do it again.  Guard you health and you'll have those same choices.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Scarf on

Didn't realize there was a Pikes Peak West until I looked at the map. Sounds like you two are really getting the most out of 2011. Enjoy

mnoble61 on

As always, great photos of a beautiful place and liked your point on health...great to be able to hike and go where you want. You two are making the most of retirement....

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