So I figured I'd post a few photos of our rides over the past few weeks, so you might get a small taste of the bliss I've been enjoying!
First of all, this is my beloved bike path. This is my "meet up" spot with CatMan where our many adventures begin:
|Bike Trail along the South Platte River in Denver|
There's been a lot of wildlife out on the trails recently, but alas, the animals tend to be quicker than my camera is, so I haven't gotten many good shots. But there were two young deer hanging out by the path last week who were remarkably tame, so I got a good shot of one of them.
Aside from the deer we've seen foxes and coyotes (more on that later) as well as the standard squirrley squirrels, "foofers" (cottontail rabbits) and "meepers" (prairie dogs). We've also rescued a few garter and bull snakes from certain "squishitude" as they were sunning themselves on the path.
One of our favorite destinations is Chatfield State park which is the southern most point of the South Platte bike trail.
|Chatfield Lake - which is really a reservoir|
|The Swim Beach at Chatfield|
|Prairie south of Chatfield looking toward Waterton Canyon|
|A random old cottonwood tree that I liked|
Another of our favorite destinations is to head west up Bear Creek toward Red Rocks and the town of Morrison. That was our destination today and it was a beautiful ride, though I have to say the uphill section is a long hard slog. There's about 700 feet of elevation gain over about 7 miles to get to the top of Dinosaur Ridge, and while that wouldn't be too bad if it was a steady slope, it's more of a rolling up and down sort of thing with some seriously difficult "ups!"
By the time we got to the top of Dinosaur Ridge I really thought I was gonna keel over from a coronary. It didn't help that some spry young racer fellow zipped past me like I was standing still. Sigh. Anyhow, when we got to the top CatMan took pity upon me and we stopped for a rest and a geology lesson.
|Rocks at the top of Dinosaur Ridge|
Anyhow, from this point there was only one more big hill left through Red Rocks Park - so I guess when you factor that in, it's about an 800 foot elevation gain, but there is a nice downhill rest before you get to Red Rocks.
|Red Rocks Park seen from the top of Dinosaur Ridge|
Anyhow, from Red Rocks we rode through the little town of Morrison and then up and over the Bear Creek Dam (OK, I lied, that's another pretty big hill) and then we cruised home on the Bear Creek bike path.
So there's a place where the bike path goes through a big prairie dog colony, and the little guys were "meeping" up a storm today! Seriously, they were all sending out their little warning call so I figured something must be up. Then I saw what looked like three big gray dogs running through the field, only as I got closer I saw that they were actually coyotes who were apparently there for a little snack - which explains why the prairie dogs were freaking out!
I tried to take a photo, but coyotes run pretty fast, so here's what I got:
What? You don't see the coyotes? Actually you can't even tell that this is a prairie dog colony from this picture! Well, if you look just to the left of the pole in the center of the shot there are three tiny gray dots, and those are the coyotes - I fear you'll have to take my word on this one!
Anyhow... that's what I've been up to. What have y'all been doing with yourselves? I hope everybody has found a way to enjoy the beautiful late spring/early summer!