Monday, July 30, 2012
The trail starts with a few steps, then a path and then a lot more steps! On the way back, I counted the steps. There are 197 of them. It wasn't bad going down them, but we won't talk about going back up! At the bottom of the steps the trail continues to a dry creek bed that serves as the crossing to the trail that then begins to go up hill.
From the trail head, there is no indication as to how many steps there will be. They just keep going and going!
I drove along Wesley Road and found a little park on the opposite side of the train tracks that had benches, grills and picnic tables. It provided a great area to sit near the Illinois River and contemplate the state of the world. The park also offered a visit to the past. It has an old two-swing swing set. The seats were weathered wood and all the metal parts looked really old. From the park, you can look to the right and see Peoria in the distance or to the left and see barges, the lock & dam area and the I474 bridge in the distance.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
see anyone on the Spindler Marina trails, just me, the woods, the sand
and the geese.
What a great walk! It was different walking on flat land since I usually hike where there are steep climbs. It was a nice change of pace. As much as I would like to walk these trails again, I will probably wait until the heat subsides a bit. Otherwise, I would have to start very early in the morning. Walking is great exercise, but it is also good for the soul. I refer to my hikes as going to the Temple of the Tall Trees.