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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Crossings of Colonie

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I haven't had too many chances to get out recently.  Finally had a brief window on Monday to get do some local exploring with Kalli.  We first stopped by the 130 acre Crossings of Colonie Park, located on the south side of Albany Shaker Road.  There are nearly 6.5 miles of bike and running paths that wind through the park, as well as a beautiful 3 acre pond.
We parked near the Meeting House and bundled up for a cold walk.  Loved this"accidental" picture of the flags near the memorial area.
Continuing south past Park Square, we entered the woodland area known as "The Ramble".
"The Ramble" passes through a natural hardwood forest, under pedestrian lamps and informational signs.
Emerging from the woods under clearing blue skies.  Unfortunately, the open areas left us much more susceptible to the biting winter wind.
Paved trails make this a haven for runners and bikers of all ages and abilities.
There are wide open fields near the south end of the park.
  Open views.
 Nearing a trail intersection.
Heading north past "The Rise".
 Several well placed benches provide resting opportunities along the perimeter of the lake. 
Ducks and geese crowded the lake waters on this cold winter day.
We stopped in to "The Barn" to use the restrooms and warm up.  While inside, I was fascinated by some of the informational signs hung on the walls.  Here is an interesting look at some old maps of the area.
We really enjoyed about 2.5 miles of easy walking on a cold and windy day at a beautiful park.

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