Sunday February 18, 2007 was a
fairly nice day for a winter hike. It wasnít as cold as it has been the
last few weekends. Pete was recovering from a double hernia operation and
Steve was still in Mexico, so it was just me and Bob this day.
This story and the next few stories
are going to be relatively short. Since the next few stories are going to
be short my plan is to try and post them more often to try and catch back
up. For some reason, and I think I know the reason, I just always seem to
fall behind posting stories. It might not seem like a lot of work to
write and post these stories, but it is time consuming. One thing that
really puts me behind is when Steve takes a ton of pictures. Even though
I edit out quite a few pictures there always still seem to be a lot which
really takes a lot of time. Steve, donít take this the wrong way. I
really do appreciate your pictures and I have enjoyed being able to go
back and remember the good times we had through the use of your pictures.
It is just when I am currently posting a large group of pictures it tends
to put me behind, but in the long run I am glad they are available.
Another problem I have when I wait
this long to write and post the stories from weeks past is I tend to
forget what we did. I have been trying to write myself short outlines on
the dayís activity to help me remember. Sometimes these notes work and
sometimes they donít. I am afraid this story is an example of where I
didnít leave myself good notes and I flat out canít remember many of the
highlights of this hike, thus a short story.
Bob and I drove out and parked in
one of the main beach lots out at this winterís favorite hiking location,
Stoney Creek Metro Park. It had warmed up enough for the lake to start
thawing. It was still primarily covered by ice, but there were
indications that the certain areas were on the thin side, so we stayed off
the lake and stuck to the paved path. We hiked the full 6.2 miles of the
main path at a nice fast pace. It took us about one and a half hours to
do the full perimeter, which is a nice pace, right around 4.0 mph.
One of the cool things about being
out at Stoney is itís size, it is really an expansive place. There are a
lot of wooded areas and field areas. This gives the local wildlife a good
place to live. It is not unusual to see deer, raccoon, woodchucks and
obviously squirrel. We also see a lot of different type of bird. With
the lake there is all kind of water fowl and various land bird, like wild
turkey, pheasant and quail. The trees are filled with a lot of other
various birds including an increase in the quantity of hawk we have seen
this winter. Lately we have also seen a lot of Downey Woodpecker. I
think the woodpecker is a particularly fun bird to watch and they are also
very pleasant to the eye.
I canít remember where Bob and I
stopped for lunch after our walk, but I am sure we had a good meal
somewhere before returning home.
Following are the statistics from
this hike, we went the full 6.2 miles around the lake at a pace of
approximately 4.0 mph.