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Sunday Hike: Two Hours

21 Apr

Sunday Hike:  Two Hours

I am a voice teacher. My days are spent seated most of the time at the piano. As I set out today to keep my legs in condition for this summer’s weeklong hike in the mountains, I decided I would not take the trail today. When I am on the hiking trail, somehow walking seems more like work. I become obsessed with the distance, my rate of speed, and the time. Today though I began on a segment of Grant’s Trail, I branched off into the neighboring community of Kirkwood, a city of beautiful homes and a “Tree City”. I brought my dog and my camera along. I don’t know how much mileage we covered, but we were out for two hours. On the return I found parts of Crestwood that I didn’t know existed, even a foot path along a stream. We are an auto oriented society, and I realize when I am on foot how much my awareness increases of the things around me. I miss so much when I am focused on the road and getting to my destination fast.
Here are some photos I took along the way today. The lead photo is in my backyard where the azaleas are ready to pop.

CIMG2120 The bridge over I-44.CIMG2121 We passed several railway lines.CIMG2122 Dandelion yard.CIMG2124 Redbuds in full bloom.CIMG2126 One of Kirkwood’s wide avenues.CIMG2127 A huge house, on the left an indoor pool.CIMG2129 Tulips.CIMG2132 A duck crossing.CIMG2133 A lake home for ducks.CIMG2136 Flowering plum.CIMG2138 The stream behind my subdivision.CIMG2140The secret pathway by the creek.

We had to sneak through someone’s backyard to get back onto the street.

Back home with the violets in the backyard and the neighbor dogs looking on.

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14 Responses to “Sunday Hike: Two Hours”

  1. dadirri7 April 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    oooh, thanks for the walk rosemarie, such a pretty area to live!

  2. viveka April 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    What a wonderful walk … the spring has come so far where you are, My favorite photo is the tulip one. Stunning area you live in.

    • Rosemarie April 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      I’ve lived in St. Louis all my life. I think I take it for granted. It is mostly flat or rolling here. I love the mountains.

      • viveka April 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

        Fantastic place … from what I can see from your walk.
        Where I live … is it only 9 meter over the sea level .. and very flat too, but walking distance to the ocean.

  3. AlcoholTourism April 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I have a step counter because I, too, am obsessed with my speed and distance and number of steps walked, number of stairs climbed, etc. It’s gratifying to get done with a day of travel hiking and see how far I’ve gone! Love the duck crossing sign.

    • Rosemarie April 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      I should get a step counter. Maybe then I wouldn’t be thinking about it while I am hiking.

  4. Allyson Mellone April 22, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Thank you for the walk in such a nice neighborhood. I find walking trains my eye to capture details too. I found the duck crossing sign to be so amusing. I have never seen a sign like that before 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll keep in touch with your future posts.

  5. Linda Arthur Tejera April 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Beautiful pictures and an enviable neighborhood.

    • Rosemarie April 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      I don’t live there. I walk there. I live in a nearby community which is nice but not that opulent.

  6. Sheryl April 23, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    I love to hike. A two hour walk sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring Sunday. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

  7. ruthincolorado April 23, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Love the duck crossing sign! Looks like spring has sprung in your neighborhood.

  8. ilargia64 April 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    The duck crossing is just great!!! I have never seen something similar to that!
    BTW: you dog is very nice! I am sure he likes finding new paths every day!! 🙂

    • Rosemarie April 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      He is a high energy dog who can be very bad when he wants to, but he is cute.

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