First Walk in 2015

Posted by gardensoul on January - 1 - 2015

South Platte RiverThis first day of 2015 started with a First Walk along the South Platte River and ended with a traditional black-eyed pea dinner at home. My sister is visiting and we decided to participate in a First Walk at Roxborough State Park. I tried repeatedly to call the park to RSVP and gave up. We decided to take our own First Walk closer to home along the South Platte River Trail near Bowles Ave & Santa Fe Dr. The temperature was around 20 degrees and the sky was partly cloudy with sun peaking through the clouds just enough to warm us a little.

Parking at the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club, we walked down to the Mary Carter Greenway and then crossed the river on a footbridge continuing south on the South Platte River Trail.  Stopping at the Hudson Gardens cafe, we read the signs identifying plants in a small garden along the trail. I recognized the blue grama grass we had seen earlier, the sturdy seed heads high above the snow. For a gardener, it is wonderful to see all the perennials, trees and shrubs in their winter bareness, knowing the promise of Spring is just around the corner!

After our walk, we made a nice salad with Cranberry Balsamic Vinegar from the Creede Olive Oil Company for lunch, whipped up a batch of Peppermint Bark and topped off the day with a Southern Tradition – Black-eyed peas, rice, turnip greens and corn muffins! And yes, that is Glögg in our glass and mug!

That's me!

That’s me!

My Sister

My Sister

Blue Grama Grass

Blue Grama Grass

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Needs an ID

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View from the trail

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Our first dinner in 2015

 

2 Responses so far.

  1. Carolyn Harmon says:

    A good way to start a new year and hopefully end an awesome year. The lunch looks yummy!