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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mohawk Riverside Landing Park(Colonie)

Only one word truly sums up the weather for this day.  Wow!  An all time February record 69 degrees beckoned us to get out of work and go out for a walk to soak up some of this true spring weather.  After considering that most trails will be slush and/ or muddy, Kalli and I decided to head to the Mohawk Hudson paved bike path.  We even brought Bella along to enjoy the beautiful day.  We started from the fairly new Town of Colonie Mohawk Riverside Landing Park, which is located just east of the more popular Lions Park in Niskayuna, at 4071 River Road.
 The park was built on the site of the Latham Water Treatment Plant and there are three storage tanks that still remain.  A paved trail leads away from the parking lot and past the storage tanks.
 The paved trail proved to be a great choice as it winds through a small section of woods and just past a backyard.
 A short distance from the parking lot, the trail meets up with the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path.  This spot of the bike path is marked with an informational kiosk and benches.
 We turned left(west), and were quickly greeted with pleasant views of the Mohawk River.
 The bike path was packed on this mild day.  We saw lots of folks walking, riding bikes, running and roller blading.  This just happens to be winter break for all the local schools too, so there were plenty of kids out having fun as well.
We really enjoyed this rustic barn, fast flowing small creek and old glory flying proudly above, next to Lions Park.
 A few steps down off the rail trail at Lions Park, allows you to get intimate with the river.  Looking west.
 The old railroad depot at Lions Park.
 A glance northeast towards Vischer Ferry, with the nearby shore ice receding by the minute.
 We continued west to the Ferry Road bridge before turning back and retracing our steps to the car. 
Hard to beat days like this. We really enjoyed a spring like stroll, passing many people who all seemed to be in especially good spirits.    About 2.5 miles RT on a record setting day.

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