17. July 2013 · Comments Off on Hiking Around the Neighborhood · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,
A nice map with which we could plan our trip.

A nice map with which we could plan our trip.

Sorry, you can’t really call it “taking a walk” here.

The kids, Howie and I decided to take a hike along the Cottonwood Creek Trail, which runs southwestward from our neighborhood. Just a couple houses down from us is an access point between two houses to Colorado Springs’ expansive network of multi-use trails.

We figured it’d be a quick walk to Cottonwood Creek Park, which is a nice big park with baseball diamonds, a basketball court and several playground structures.

And it was a quick walk there.

The kids were great walking TOWARDS the park.

The kids were great walking TOWARDS the park.

I got a kick out of this house with a double-decker deck...with the hot tub on the uppermost deck!

I got a kick out of this house with a double-decker deck…with the hot tub on the uppermost deck!

It had rained pretty heavily that morning, so the creek was running more vigorously than it usually does in the summer.

It had rained pretty heavily that morning, so the creek was running more vigorously than it usually does in the summer.

The kids played for about 30 minutes at the park.

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Then it was time to return.

Timmy and Howie were quite slow, while Jacob and I wanted to go faster. But we couldn’t.

So Jacob and I took our time and enjoyed the wildlife on the trail.¬†We saw scrub jays, magpies, goldfinches, and a couple prairie falcons. We also saw so many swallows that seemed to want to dive bomb us. They get pretty territorial…

Jacob and I enjoyed watching the wildlife on the trail.

Jacob and I enjoyed watching the wildlife on the trail.