Thursday, May 15, 2008

Glorious Spring on Gateway Trail

Best day of the year!!
Gateway Trail: 8.6 miles today

Lots of polite bicycle riders sharing the trail
Runner Dude was out there meeting us coming and going... Always so energizing!
Spruce, pine, cedar
Oaks (red, white and burr oak), birch, poplar, cottonwood, hackberry, maples, ash, large & small leaf linden

Ferns, berry bushes, wildflowers I can't name...
.. AND

DANDELIONS!!
We were hearing at least 2 different bird songs all the way, and when we ran past ponds, the frogs.

Truly, there is no snow on Gateway.

7 comments:

rocketpants said...

*finally* some spring for you midwesters...glad you are getting out there and enjoying it.

peter said...

Looks like a nice trail. Wooded too, that's nice. Here in VA an invasive strangling vine has denuded our wonderful W&OD Trail of much of its shade trees and cover so it can be broiling in summer.

Sunshine said...

This time of year I don't recognize buckthorn.. the invasive non-native plant that is bushes, growing into trees, that chokes out everything else.
But I'm sure they haven't eradicated it all on Gateway.

Vickie said...

At last, no more snow! I'm sure you're thrilled. A true sign of spring, the dandelion. Enjoy your runs. Looks like such a nice trail!

Backofpack said...

I love dandelions! 8.6 miles in beautiful weather, with gorgeous spring all around...meeting your love twice on the trail...what could be better?

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Beautiful!! Best day of the year indeed. :)

Steve Stenzel said...

Ahhh, I can't wait to get back on the Gateway...