On the Katy Trail

Katy Trail State Park

Spring is here and the longing to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.
We took the time to get in the car and travel to Rocheport, MO, so that we could walk on the Katy Trail (more on that later in this post).
There is still a lot of brown everywhere, punctuated by splashes of spring color now.
dutchman's breeches
The weather was perfect for a nice walk, and we saw a few spring flowers along the way,
including these dutchman’s breeches. 
My hubby was excited to see several skinks, and this one actually posed for me. 
Or maybe the sun felt good on it’s back.
Or it could have been scared.
By far the most interesting thing I saw was high up on the cliff as we walked along the trail.
I happened to look up and saw all these nests clinging to the rock below an overhang.
These are the nests of cliff swallows, which you can read about here.
It’s difficult to tell from my photo, but there is a huge cliff on one side of the path, and a steep drop off to a river on the other side.  We spent most of the time looking at the cliff because of the wildlife and flowers we saw.  And then we stumbled across this logo from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, embedded in the side of the cliff.  
“Katy Trail State Park is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad (better known as the Katy). When the railroad decided to cease operation on its route from Machens in St. Charles County to Sedalia in Pettis County in 1986, it presented the chance to create an extraordinary recreational opportunity — a long-distance hiking and bicycling trail that would run almost 200 miles across the state.”
I feel somewhat like a tour guide writing this…but it is life as it happened here.  As difficult as it may be to adjust to a new home, one of the big pluses is all the new places to explore! 
My camera tells me she is happy and wants to know when we’ll go out again.

6 Replies to “On the Katy Trail”

    1. Actually, Sarah, the skink is much smaller than this photo implies, only about 4 inches long. I was glad to have a zoom lens and not have to be too close…even though I know they are harmless!

  1. I've never seen a skink in real life…to me it looks very beautiful. I grew up in the desert, where we caught and played with lizards all the time (then let them go, of course) so I find such creatures fascinating rather than frightening. The Katy Trail looks like it would be a wonderful place to walk or ride a bike. I enjoyed your tour, Deb. You can be my guide any time!

    1. We saw some skinks that had blue tails as well, and they were really beautiful…and very quick to hide! I'm looking forward to more jaunts along this trail. It goes alongside the Missouri River, but we were so fascinated with all the interesting things on the cliff that we hardly looked at the river!

      Glad you enjoyed the tour!

  2. How wonderful that this trail was created from the old railroad corridor – I love it when things like that happen. Love seeing your signs of spring.

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