This first weekend in March we
decided to do a hike on Saturday and a bike ride on Sunday. This short
story is about the hike we did on Saturday March 4, 2006. Pete and Bob
joined me on this hike. We drove out to Bloomer with the intent of just
walking around the beautiful trails of Bloomer Park.
I wasnít sure if the trails were
going to be icy so I brought along the ice spikes that I slip over my
boots. These ice spikes give you great traction on snow and ice. Bob
also had his ice spikes and Pete apparently still hasnít purchased a pair
yet so he was just wearing his hiking boots.
We headed into the woods and Bob
took the lead since he knows the trails in this park extremely well. We
walked down along the river which was flowing quite fast and the water
levels were still very high. Pete was impressed when we got down by the
small water fall. I have walked and jogged past this waterfall so many
times I found it hard to believe that Pete had never seen it before
today. Because of Peteís bad knee he doesnít run with Bob and me, and
when we visited Bloomer in the past with Pete we have ridden our bikes.
When we ride our bikes to Bloomer we typically stay on the safe upper
level trails. I was glad Pete got the opportunity to see the waterfall.
We stood around watching the water for a while just shooting the breeze.
One of the subjects we talked about was Peteís theory on ďGlobal Urban
WarmingĒ. It is quite an interesting theory and maybe some day we can
talk Pete into writing his theory down and I will post it on our web
Once we started hiking again Bob led
us into a brush filled area where we typically donít go. This day a lot
of these areas were covered by ice from overflow water which had frozen
with scattered trees sticking up out of the ice. Pete commented it would
be fun to ice skate in this area in amongst the trees. The ice wasnít
real thick, just thick enough to support our weight. We heard a few loud
cracks as we walked along the ice. It wouldnít be much of a problem if we
fell through the ice in the areas where the water was only a foot or so
deep. I got concerned a couple times when we were out sliding across a
section of ice in an area where the water is typically 2 to 4 feet deep.
For the most part we were on the shallow areas, but we did press our luck
a little on a couple deep sections. Luckily none of us ever fell through
and we all kept our feet dry.
I used my phone to take a few
pictures of Bob and Pete out on this hike. I will post the pictures to
the bottom of this story on this same page.
The sun was out and the temperature
wasnít too bad, actually a very nice day for a hike. I was surprised when
we didnít run across any deer this day. Usually we stumble across at
least one pack and sometimes more, but for what ever reason none this
day. Pete likes to talk as we all do on these activities and Peteís voice
tends to carry, so maybe the deer could hear Pete and they stayed a few
steps ahead of us.
We didnít hike real far and we were
only out at the park for about an hour, but this was enough time to relax
and have a good time. We did run across a few people also out walking and
enjoying the day. I think we were the only ones out at the park without a
dog. I think in general more dogs take advantage of our nice public parks
than people, especially when you see so many people out walking multiple
dogs at the same time.
After our hike we decided to drive
over to a new restaurant that opened in our area recently in the Target
shopping center on Rochester Road. The new place is called Famous Daveís,
but Bob has been calling it Crazy Daveís, maybe this is a Freudian slip on
how Bob really views me, Iím just kidding. Bob and I drove separately
from Pete because we had to go to Troy afterward and we didnít want to
force Pete to have to come with us. Pete was complaining about Famous
Daveís before we even got there. Pete said he doesnít like barbequed food
so the place didnít sound good to him. Bob and I talked Pete into trying
it out so Pete went along. Bob and I got there before Pete. A waitress
seated us and the place looked nice but there werenít TVs everywhere like
at Hamlin Pub. We took a quick look at the menu and it was mostly
barbequed food so we decided to leave. Pete was just walking in while we
were walking out. We told him we changed our minds and we all agreed to
go to our favorite place Hamlin Pub. Before we went to the Pub we stopped
in the Best Buy which is also in the Target shopping center. Pete is
still shopping for a big screen TV so we spent a few minutes looking at
the rear projection, plasma and LCD TVs on display at Best Buy.
After Best Buy is was direct to
Hamlin Pub where we had one of our typical outstanding lunches.