single frame: Eagle Creek Reservoir

Eagle Creek Reservoir

Eagle Creek Reservoir
iPhone 6s
2018

Indianapolis’s Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, covering 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water.

That water was created in a 1968 flood-control project. I’ve written about it before: it permanently altered the route of the Dandy Trail, and led to the needless demolition of the town of Traders Point.

This water is a reservoir that provides drinking water to most of northwest Indianapolis. It’s also a popular place for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Margaret and I were out for a hike in Eagle Creek Park on National Trails Day. Our trail skirted the reservoir for a while, and gave us the chance for this photograph.

We’re both badly out of shape after a year of difficulty and challenge. Long walks will be one way we return our bodies to health. We bought an annual pass to Eagle Creek Park so we can enjoy its trails whenever we want. It’s a quick drive from our home.


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13 responses to “single frame: Eagle Creek Reservoir”

  1. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    Ah, married walks. First we walked around our neighborhood with a stroller, then leading little ones by the hand, then biking around.

    Now it’s just us again walking around the neighborhood. We’re thinking of walking the Bruce trail as a no kids project. It’s about 550 miles so might take a few years.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’d love to do a through hike of a major trail someday.

      1. DougD Avatar
        DougD

        You should read “Hiking Through” by Paul Stutzman. Good book about the Appalachian Trail.

        I met some through hikers on a day hike in NH on the AT once. They did NOT look like they were having a good time, which cured me of thinking about a through hike. :(

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I’ve read a few books by/about through hikers. I know a through hike isn’t always beer and skittles. Still, somehow I’m drawn to it.

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    This is a good plan! Good for body and mind. About two and a half months ago, I decided I had put on a bit of weight and just didn’t feel all that great. Started walking 2.5 to 3.0 miles each night after work. Have dropped a bit over 10 pounds, feel better and now I am alternating between walking and running nightly. Also find my nightly walks are a good time to reflect, de-stress and get some good fresh air.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      After my foot surgery four years ago that foot has never really been right. The surgery corrected the original problem but left another one, equally painful, behind.

      Walking is my favorite way to be active. I like to see what there is to see. But when every step comes with some level of pain, it tends to make a man lay off.

      Summers are great because I can wear my Birkenstocks pretty much every day. They’re the only footwear I’ve found in which I can walk pain free.

      I’ve decided to go back to the podiatrist and see if this needs to be surgically corrected or whether I need a custom orthotic. Because I too have put on some weight and just don’t feel good, and I know walking in the fresh air is the path out.

  3. The Trailhead Avatar

    My husband and I both drive over the reservoir every day to get to and from home. After a long day, that’s when the knots start to loosen.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      When I first moved to Indy I lived near the reservoir. I loved riding my bike over there, and then around and around the park.

      1. The Trailhead Avatar

        I love the area. And the cross-country skiing in the winter! [swoons]

  4. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Looks beautiful! Walks are indeed a great way to heal and rebuild. <3

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Amen!!

  5. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    Happy and healthy walking to you :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you!

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