After work I can’t think of a better way to burn off some stress than hitting the Rivers Edge Trail on the bikes. I can burn down a few residential blocks and hop on the trail without crossing any major streets. From there I can reach the entire length of the Missouri that passes through Great Falls with one street crossing. This crossing is located just north of the Milwaukee Depot adjacent to the skate park. There is Just one note on this crossing that I wanted to share. It can be a dangerous crossing due to the signage provided. For the trail traffic there is a stop sign provided that tells the pedestrians and bikers that they need to stop and wait until it is safe to cross. The vehicular traffic is also provided a sign that says there is a pedestrian crossing ahead. However there is no communication on who has the right away. The danger comes when a vehicle stops giving up his or her right away leading the trail traffic into a false sense of security. The vehicular traffic traveling the opposite direction may not be paying attention or willing to give up their right away. If you have a longer train there may be some miscommunication on whether or not it is safe to cross. I watched this last week almost turn into a tragic accident. Myself I let the courteous drivers that stop to allow me cross keep their “right away”. It is only until it is clear that I attempt to cross (OK! On with the rest of my blog). This is about the third of fourth time I have blogged about the Rivers Edge Trail and I can Promise it won’t be my last. Every time I am on the trail the scenic view is different than the day before.
In my daily scan of the news during my lunch hour, I see on both www.greatfallstribune.com and www.krtv.com that they have released the birds. The city of Great Falls keeps 40 to 50 ducks, swans, and geese in a indoor habitat during the winter months and releases them in the spring time. This afternoon I took my girls down to see the newly released waterfowl. Gibson Park is hands down my favorite place in Great Falls. When I was a smaller “Kid”, my grandma took me to Gibson to feed the ducks. As I have Grown in to a bigger “Kid” I have learned to love Gibson Park and realize what a remarkable place it is. I look forward to passing that on to my girls as they turn in to bigger “Kids”. Today being as nice as it was, made it a great day to grab a few photos.
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