Mother’s Day Hike

12 May

Two and a half hours! YAY! A two and a half hour hike for Mother’s Day. I am the “Rocky” of senior hikers. Today I decided to head back into the neighboring community of Kirkwood with my trusty sidekick Burnie. There are lovely tree-lined streets which are so beautiful for a spring walk. I have to get serious about my training for the hike in the Dolomites. I am now at six weeks and counting. The first photo is in my backyard where the Rocky Mountain columbine is growing like crazy, about 15 blooms.

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We snagged a portion of the hiking trail to get started. The trailhead is marked by a giant acorn.

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One house we passed had a herd of sheep in the front yard.

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Further on the scent of lilac drew us across the street where it grew by the sidewalk.

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Even the crosswalks are fancy with patterned brick.

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Typical big old homes.

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In downtown Kirkwood there are many gift and curio shops such as this one called The Rusted Chandelier.

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The Kirkwood Amtrak Station sits in the heart of downtown Kirkwood.

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You can find fanciful sculptures along the park by the train tracks.

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The local farmers market was open for business and busy on a Sunday morning.Image

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Services were in session at the Unitarian Chapel.

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A welcoming home with a sign that says “Come sit on my porch.”

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I headed back home by a faster route through an industrial court.

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Burnie had his picture taken by the cute orange and yellow doggy potty.

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We had to walk through this very old train viaduct which bears the year “1917”.

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The stream along the road looked very murky, but on closer inspection I could see schools of tiny fish swimming around in the sun.

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Almost home.

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The gazing ball in my front yard.

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Japanese maple and thornless honey locust in my yard. I love trees and I love shade.

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22 Responses to “Mother’s Day Hike”

  1. ladyofthecakes May 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    That acorn is just… mad! I want it 🙂

  2. mamacormier May 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    What a beautiful sunny day you had for your Mother’s Day hike. Here in Toronto it was cold, overcast, partially sunny, occasional showers, gusty winds and hail (not once but twice) throughout the day. I was going to say the sun’s come out but it’s gone again. It’s been a crazy weather day.

    • Rosemarie May 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      We’ve had a lot of crazy weather days lately and a lot of rain. This was the first totally nice day.

  3. Bob Muenchausen May 13, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Looks like you had a beautiful day for a hike! I can tell we will have lots of great photos from your trip!

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      I’ll do my best. By blogging and learning from such fantastic photographers in the blogosphere, I hope to come away with some good results.

  4. Tina Schell May 13, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Love the chairs :0) And of course Burnie!!!

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      The chairs are fun, aren’t they?

  5. WabiSabi May 13, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    What a great way to train for a trip.. by blogging about it! You’ve motivated me to get moving!

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 2:05 am #

      I’m glad if I am motivating you, but I’m having a hard time motivating myself. I keep reminding myself that I can enjoy myself more on the hike if I am more fit.

  6. Charlie@Seattle Trekker May 13, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Good luck and best wishes for good weather for you hike in the Dolomites. I have gone through that area on my way to Austria, but not been fortunate to have the time to hike in the area. I am hoping to get there someday.

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Thank you. The last time I saw the Dolomites, I was passing through on the train in 1971. It has taken this long to get back there.

  7. Photography Journal Blog May 13, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Some beautiful photos, the first is my favorite.

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes, mine too. I love Rocky Mountain columbine. It took a bunch of tries, but I finally got the shot I wanted.

  8. adinparadise May 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    What a charming place to go hiking, Rosemarie. Your pics are wonderful. I love the “Come sit on my porch” sign, and the flock of sheep in the garden. 🙂 Burnie is a real honey of a dog.

    • Rosemarie May 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      Thank you for the compliment. To keep my training interesting I had to get off the trail. If I keep seeing the same thing each time I walk, I get bored.

  9. Reggie May 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Ohhh, what a beautiful, delightful place to go walking – lovely pics. I really like the porch with that welcoming sign. And Burnie is adorable! Do give him a tummy rub from me. 🙂

    • Rosemarie May 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      I will and I will tell him it’s from you.

      • Reggie May 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

        Thanks! 🙂

  10. Indira May 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Nice trip, I wish I could do that. Burney is very good looking.

    • Rosemarie May 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      I hope I can do that. I’m trying to get out walking as much as possible. And Burnie is cute, but he is a terror.

  11. btg5885 May 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Love the acorn, chairs and pitchfork man. Very cool pix. Thanks for taking us on a stroll. BTG

    • Rosemarie May 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      You’re welcome. It is a good community for walking.

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