Let’s Call it a Hike

Today is Veterans Day in the US. I would be remiss if I didn’t stop for a minute to recognize the service of the many veterans who have served this country in so many ways.

Our daughter Faith came to visit yesterday to celebrate my birthday (last week). We decided to walk part of the Windsor Locks Canal trail and then go to breakfast. One interesting sight led to another and the next thing we knew, we were 3 ½ miles into a 2-mile walk, and we still had to return to our car. As we turned around a few minutes later, I reminded Faith that we had to walk “uphill” on the way back – the canal gains 15′ (4.5m) over its 4.5-mile length. Faith declared “elevation gain? Then this is a hike!”

I explained the nature and a bit of history of the Windsor Locks Canal about five years ago. You can read that if you’re interested. Otherwise, I’ll let the captions explain the story.


  1. Happy belated birthday, Dan, and thanks for letting me tag along on this lovely walk. Our world today is white, with white stuff still coming down and blowing everywhere. Thanks from us also to our veterans. We owe them and their families so much, including the freedom that’s so often misused.


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  2. Happy belated birthday Dan!! What a great walk/hike you and Fairh enjoyed. Nice history lesson. I gotta say, that’s the weirdest bench I ever saw! BUT, it looks functional.

    Those beavers have certainly been busy!! I could use some of their energy.

    I join you in thanking our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, and remembering those brave men and women who lost their lives fighting to keep this country free. 🇺🇸
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  3. What a gorgeous walk, Dan. A lovely day for you and your daughter. I hope no one is too footsore from the unplanned duration of it though. Yikes.
    I’m with Ginger — some of the energy of those beavers would be a good thing. LOL. Have a great new week. Hugs.

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  4. Thanks remembering our Veterans, Dan. Love, love, love the photo of the almost bare trees reflecting in the water. Frame worthy, I think. That was certainly a pretty fall walk.

    So, did you feel the burn on the uphill trek back?

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    • Thanks Cheryl. I’ve biked on the canal path in the spring when you can hardly see the edge of the pavement. It’s maintained by volunteers and they’ve really been doing a great job.


  5. Impromptu walks/hikes are the best. Glad you had a nice day for it. Beautiful scenery for sure! Okay…the question of the day is did you wear black or brown shoes or other shoes for hiking? And…I see some potential photos for the new badge for One-Liner Wednesday when that renews?

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