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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TRAILS

After talking to one of my neighbors recently I learned about the existence of a series of trails in the development in which I live. I had scoped out a trailhead last week and yesterday I decided to go try the trail out from there. It covers a wide area and a large part of it is a broad sidewalk that parallels the golf course that is the center of StoneRidge.


It's very scenic. There are many people who use the trail daily, like the dogwalker in the above picture. As I watched, she actually ran a short distance, pushing a pram in which her little dog royally rode.


It's hard to make out in this heavily cropped version of the photo above it but take my word for it. I had never before seen these little carriages designed for small dogs but apparently they've become quite de rigueur as this is not the first one I've seen.


This nearby McMansion has an unparalleled view of the golf course but with all the scrubland surrounding it I think I'd be wary of snake invasions when the weather heats up.

But back to the trails. I found one asphalt trail that wound through some of the same scrub- and boulder-covered land and I took it only to find some rather steep elevations. I struggled a bit as my days of hiking rugged trails have disappeared along with my sense of balance. At the end (and beginning) of the trail loop I found the very best part of it.


A nice covered bench on which to sit, recover and watch the passing parade.

10 comments:

L Lewis said...

Good for you! I love walking this trail around 6:30 am with the sun rising over Mingus Mt. At night, when the sun sets behind Glassford Hill,, face Mingus and it is beautifully pink and golden. Did you know there is a bench at the very top of the Bradshaw Mt.? You can see all of Stoneridge and the Prescott Country Club.

Catalyst said...

I'm going to look for that one today.

Stephen Hayes said...

It looks like a nice walking trail, provided the weather isn't too hot.

joeh said...

Nice of them to provide a bench with a view.

Steve said...

You need to watch out for the snakes when they come out. Many rattlers in the area?

Tom Cochrun said...

Good for you, the trail that is!

Catalyst said...

I found out where it is from a couple of other (younger) hikers but climbing a mountain on a rough trail to get to it isn't on my bucket list. As I told them, I'll just wait for my helicopter.

Catalyst said...

I've heard there are. Haven't seen any but we did have a big bull snake on our patio last year.

L Lewis said...

I wasn't suggesting you hike up the mountain. I don't even let my old dog go that route. Not implying you are an old dog . . .

Thérèse said...

Such a great way to exercise while observing what is going on around
The pet stroller is really something!