Thursday, June 29, 2006

Brazos Bend Bike Ride

It's a challenge to get outside for a trek in our part of Texas during the summer, because it is usually very hot and humid. Tuesday we were surprised by a break in the heat and actually found a little time to take the bikes to Brazos Bend State Park for ride after supper. The Trek-along socks came too.

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Trekking (XXL) Color 115

This is my first attempt at short row heels and short row toes. I'm using the Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts method. She claims that this technique allows you to knit plain socks mindlessly (even when brain-dead). I had my doubts about that, but now I'm convinced! As soon as I'm finished with these I'm trying short rows on a pair for me.

We biked the 40 Acre Lake Trail and then the Elm Lake Loop Trail. These are two of the most popular trails in the park. These trails see a lot of traffic on the weekends, but were nearly empty this time of the week. Alligators are a common sight here. We saw several, but didn't stop to take pictures. Next time, I promise. The goal was to get some exercise and I didn't want to keep stopping.

Brazos Bend is only a short drive from our house, but the scenery is completely different. Where we live is open farm land, but the park is a mix of woods with huge mature oaks, swamps and lakes. Wildlife is abundant and birds are plentiful. And this day, the sky was beautiful!

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13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place! The sky is breathtaking. How nice to have a little bit of woods to get away to. Wish we had a little coolness coming our way!

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  2. As usual, fantastic photographs!

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  3. Oh I wish we had such a beautiful place near us! I swear there are no real trees in Dallas, all overgrown shrubs of a tree.

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  4. Glad you had a break in the heat. What gorgeous skies! Thank you for sharing your trek with us!!!

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  5. lovely colorway for the socks. I like a good low key color. and great shots. looks like a cool place.

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  6. love the socks! i went there a long time ago and i agree it's hard to go out and trk in texas... too hot!

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  7. Okay, tell me what that do-dad is on the half sock? Does that store your needles so that the stitches don't fall off? I would so spend the money for something like that. After I finish this baby jacket, I think socks on DPNs is next. Finally a pair of socks that will be cute!

    I love bike riding but you are correct, riding in Texas in the summer is just sweaty!

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  8. Tracy I can't believe how far behind I've gotten on blog reading. You have so many beautiful travel photos! And socks! And preemie knits. Sweet.

    But the travel photos are my favorite. I'm sure you must have had the most wonderful visit with Margene. Maybe one of these days I can come down and see you where ever you are in Texas. :)

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  9. Oh how beautiful pictures! And great socks!

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  10. I couldn't ride my bike in MO either - it's a delight to ride here and actually love whatever % of humidity we have. (Not much)

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  11. Great Pictures, You need to get on John though to update his blog.He is getting as bad as me! I am going to keep checking your blog for the "real" story and latest pictures. Keep up the good work.
    Paul

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  12. Your photos are always so stunning. The socks look pretty good too!!

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  13. Looks like a shot from a cave man movie.

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~Tracy