January 20, 2017
I didn’t have much time for a hike today, but it was so nice out, I had to do something. I decided to go check out Sand Creek Greenway again. It had been awhile since I had visited the area, and the last time was on a mountain bike.
It’s nice to have wilderness, all be it not the mountains, just a ten minute car ride from my house. I parked off Smith Road to the side of Bluff Lake Nature Center, gathered Ellie from the backseat, and headed out.
The dirt path was still partially snow-covered from the Monday’s storm as well as somewhat muddy from the snowmelt due mild weather…50 degrees! I sort of wish the whole path was dirt rather than the intermittent dirt/concrete mix, but just to have an area that feels like wilderness so close to home is awesome.
It didn’t take long to spot wildlife. Prairie dogs popped out of their holes and Ellie sure wanted a piece of them. The same went for the bunnies that we came across later. Fortunately, the ducks and geese weren’t as interesting to her. I really enjoyed the flock of geese that glided above our heads and then swooped in for a landing on the frozen lake. Many kept arriving forming a huge group that rested on the ice.
I always find it pleasant to hike near water features, and it was delightful to walk along the creek, though at times it was quite hidden by golden prairie grass and dormant cacti which provided great photos. The views to the west of snow covered mountains didn’t disappoint on the return.
The trail goes on for miles and intersects with others along the way. I can only imagine the distance. With limited time, I think we probably only hiked a few miles, but it was better than nothing!
Afterwards, without Ellie, I made a quick stop into Bluff Lake Nature Center. This might be my new place to run in order to save my knees from the pavement. What a delightful adventure before my quick jaunt to Dallas to celebrate my mom’s birthday! ETB