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National Trails Day 2010
by Stormy on June 05, 2010

Summer's here! It's time to hit the trails!

The first Saturday in June is National Trails Day. With Memorial Day behind us and the windows wide open to let warm summer air in, it's time to consider venturing outside and seeing the sun again as wildflowers bloom. National Trails Day is just the thing to encourage people to get outdoors and start a summer of adventure. Each year the City of Aurora hosts a Trails Day event. There's a 5K run, a family fun ride, a geocaching event, a wellness fair. The event is held at the Aurora Reservoir where you can also swim, boat, fish, hike, scuba dive, shoot at the archery range or just plain and simple hang out on the beach. I'm the type of a marmot to trot through the beach to get some sand between my toes, but then it's on to work! I hung out on vendor row, took a bike ride and followed the geocachers around as they beat the bushes for hidden treasure. The weather was pleasantly warm with just a bit of wind and everyone had a lot of fun. The 5K run was won by a young woman who completed the track in just over 19 minutes, beating every single man on the course. That should humble a few egos! Summer's here! You don't have to wait until the solstice. Get out and enjoy nature and if you're lucky enough to live in Colorado, check out the mountains. They're not just for skiing! And if you don't have the weekend to spend camping, visit one of the many metropolitan reservoirs. These are areas where nature and civilization meet and you can observe all sorts of wildlife. To close off my celebration of National Trails Day I'll be heading back to the kitchen to polish off the leftovers from yesterday's National Doughnut Day. It's good to be a marmot.

Registration for Aurora's Trails Day is about to start!
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
Stormy Marmot hanging out at the Bicycle Aurora information booth. Are you looking for that perfect ride?
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
A group of geocachers get ready to set off on their adventure around the reservoir. Pause for a picture?
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
It's not a rest stop. Dismount to start the search!
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
First find of the day. Piece of cake.
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
On to the next cache. Where is it, exactly?
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
Some geocaches are really, really hard. This one can get you wet!
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
A view of the Aurora Reservoir from the trail. The beach and boat lunch are on the left side.
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
Looking at the beach and the main plaza from the marsh.
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)
High water. Welcome to Senac Cove at Aurora Reservoir.
(taken by Stormy on June 05, 2010)


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