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First Fall Walk in Missouri

22 Sep

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I recently purchased a Fitbit, a pedometer and program for the computer, which logs how many steps I take each day. This is my effort to stay more active, because I really hate the gym. We had a gorgeous day in St. Louis for the first day of fall, cool air and hot sun. I drove with my dog Burnie to Queeny Park in west St. Louis County to try out the hiking trails. I chose Hawk Ridge Trail, the long one that runs around the perimeter of the park. It is an interesting combination of hills, flatland, prairie, and forest with a path that is partially paved and partially rock. It runs for 4.4 miles, and yesterday I logged more than 16,000 steps, earning a new 15,000 step badge. YAY!

Near the start we passed this small lake/large pond with a lot of green stuff growing in the water by the shore. In the distance there was a kids’ fair with blow up jumping activities. Climbing a steep hill we came across this red fire hydrant handily placed in front of the DOG Museum.

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New varieties of flowers were on display.

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Across the path from the flowers was bare field where they were starting anew with prairie grass growth.

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To the northeast is a more forested section of the park. This mighty sycamore was standing as a sentinel.

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Then we hit the crude rocky path with many ups and downs. It reminded me of the exertion I had to maintain when hiking in the Dolomites this past summer. The mountain bikers like this section of the park.

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One very tall oak tree.

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Then we were back in the high grasslands on Hawk Ridge Trail

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An old farmhouse.

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A restored Missouri prairie grassland.

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Before we came home I drove by two of the religious institutions in West County. Here is the Hindu Temple of St. Louis, and below it the Mosque. St. Louis is a large city with a diverse population. I have attended services in both of these religious communities, where I have felt welcomed.

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5 Responses to “First Fall Walk in Missouri”

  1. mflahertyphoto September 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Happy Fall Rosemarie!

  2. Heyjude September 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    what a lovely walk in lovely sunshine 🙂

  3. CMFowler October 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    You are an amazing photographer! All of your images are so crisp and vivid – really well done!

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