The Fun Dome (#19): Overlook

 

Always take the spur.

Always take the spur.

You get busy. You overlook things that, if you would’ve just taken the time, would’ve really brightened your day. I connected up to Leg 3 by going to Magney-Snively trailhead this afternoon. I’d forgotten (or never knew) how many overlooks there were on that section. I decided not to overlook the overlooks.

Busy day at Magney.

Busy day at Magney.

Cool bridge just out of Magney lot.

Cool bridge just out of Magney lot.

Overlook, overlook, overlook. If you say it a lot, it starts to sound weird.

Nice view of Spirit Lake.

Nice view of Spirit Lake.

It rained a lot the past few days. But as the kids were playing piano in their Suzuki program spring festival, I could see the blue sky appearing through the skylight of Weber Hall. I enjoyed the music and enjoyed the idea of heading out after the concert.

Another nice view of Spirit Lake.

Another nice view of Spirit Lake.

Leo barked when I asked him to join me. We had the trail to ourselves and visited all the glorious views of Spirit Lake and Elys Peak, which we visited the other day. There were at least six great spots to overlook the mighty St. Louis River.

Another view of Spirit Lake. Big Ben. Parliament.

Another view of Spirit Lake. Big Ben. Parliament.

View to Elys Peak from Bardon's Peak area.

View to Elys Peak from Bardon’s Peak area.

On one of the overlooks, we could hear the call of the white throated sparrow. It’s a modest call. You almost never see the sparrow. You’re just in the woods, in the north, and there’s the melancholy simple call. It’s my favorite bird call. I remember hearing the bird in the White Mountains in New Hampshire growing up. It meant I was outside and up high on the side of a hill. Kind of like today. I think some things you hear and see are coded into your DNA. They resonate and you can’t explain why.

Anyway, we bashed through the mud. It was a good time. Here are some pictures.

Busy day on Skyline near Bardon's Peak

Busy day on Skyline near Bardon’s Peak

Just big enough for a bath.

Just big enough for a bath.

The dog leads through green tunnel.

The dog leads through green tunnel.

My kind of selfie.

My kind of selfie.

Bridge over Stewart Creek all fixed up. Looks like a stegosaurus now.

Bridge over Stewart Creek all fixed up. Looks like a stegosaurus now.

Nice water feature near the bridge.

Nice water feature near the bridge.

North Shore Shmo: Leg 4

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