Lake Loveland 2

Day 32 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

When I posted about Lake Loveland the first time, I really didn’t do the view justice. Today my dog Cody and I ran around the lake, and I got some photos from a better vantage point. Look at all those snowy peaks!

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Here’s a closer view of the biggest peaks visible from Loveland – Longs and Meeker:

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Faces Bridge

Day 30 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

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Loveland has an extensive recreation trail that loops the city, with only a few incomplete segments and plans to connect them. Unfortunately, repairing the trail had to take priority over extending the trail after the 2013 flood. And finally, today, one of my favorite sections was open again.

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I only saw Faces Bridge once or twice before today. We moved here in late June 2013, and I explored the trail and discovered these sculptures under the bridge that summer. Then in September came the flood, and this section of the trail including the pedestrian bridge over the river was destroyed.

So it was a pleasant surprise when I went running this morning and discovered it was open again at last.IMG_3634

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A closeup of two faces on the outside of the bridge (yeah I think that’s an alien on the left!):

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I also love seeing these swallow nests under bridges along the trail.

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Here’s a closer view of some:

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And an over-the-shoulder look from the sidewalk on Wilson Avenue, where I got off the trail to loop back home.

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The Foundry

Day 29 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

One thing that’s been exciting about living in Loveland for the past four years is the amount of growth and revitalization that has happened, especially downtown where we live. This is still a smallish town (about 70,000 people), but downtown doesn’t shut down evenings and weekends like other small towns I’ve known.

And a good number of those restaurants and breweries and artist studios that make downtown an after-hours destination have opened since we’ve moved here.

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But The Foundry (construction site pictured above, one block from our house) is definitely the biggest new thing happening downtown since we’ve lived here, and we won’t be around to see it completed. New housing and retail, including a movie theater, are planned for this space; which we were excited to hear because the only movie theater in town is a twenty-minute drive to the eastern edge at the fancy-schmancy Centerra shopping center, and we were looking forward to being able to walk to the movies. Oh well, not that we go to movies that often anyway.

 

Tortilleria La Autentica

Day 27 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

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This place is just across the street from our house. In the mornings you can hear the tortilla-making machinery squeaking, and smell breakfast cooking. Probably about once a week I buy a couple dozen tortillas for tacos. That’s what we’re having tonight! We will very much miss our tortilleria.

Grimm Brothers

Day 26 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

Thursdays are double-punch days at the bread outlet I frequent, which happens to be in the same office/retail park as another great Loveland craft brewer, Grimm Brothers. It’s a quick bike ride from our house, so this afternoon Nathan and I made the bread and beer run.

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Nathan got the Robber King, a rotating Robust Porter, and I went for Bearskin, an Irish Dry Stout, also a rotator. Grimm Brothers has the good pretzels, those bigger sourdough ones.

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