I find writing to be a bit like hiking. Some days I know exactly where I want to go while other days it's fun to meander.
This column is the latter.
Coming from the Midwest, I sometimes really miss the sound of water: small waves lapping the shore of a lake or a bubbling creek moving through a forest. If you miss that sound, I recommend a trip on Seven Bridges Trail (U.S. Forest Service No. 622) outside North Cheyenne Canon, where Cheyenne Creek dashes under, over and around the ice this time of year. The marvelous sound of water is complemented by a variety of ice crystals, adding a visual treat along the trail.
The sturdy bridges survived the September floods, and the Gold Camp Road parking lot has been expanded to accommodate more cars. The trail is in excellent shape, but wearing traction devices over your boots will add to your enjoyment.
Keeping trails in excellent shape takes much more than simple "trail maintenance." If you use trails regularly and would like to give back to the community in a way that doesn't require physical labor, join a Friends Group's board of directors.
Most of our regional parks and open spaces have dedicated Friends Groups. These are the people who plan projects and see that the property receives the attention it deserves. Some of these groups are desperate for board members. They could use your fresh ideas and enthusiasm. For more information, contact us at the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Reports to TOSC of increased "smash and grabs" at some of our trailheads and open space parking lots resulted in city parks staff contacting the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police then made an arrest.
You can help by reporting suspicious activities to the Police Department. The city and county do not have the staff to monitor our public spaces adquately. Your eyes and ears can help make our trailheads safer.
Davies is the executive director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Read her columns on the fourth Thursday of each month in Out There.