North of 17th Street, west of County Line Road, South of Highway 66 (Ute Highway), east of Pace
(plus Rock Lane and Linda Vista Drive north of 66)
Another large area covered today, approximately one square mile. Much of this was either golf course or farm land, so still a manageable expanse. It was fairly windy from the east today, so a bit of wind chill. I did manage to finish just about an hour before the snow started to come in, fortunately.
This is the north-east corner limit of what I’m planning on walking this year ( though I will probably walk a few neighborhoods east of County Line Road along highway 119)
Today’s walk was made up of about five or six ‘neighborhoods’ that surround (or, in one case, are surrounded by) Ute Creek golf course. These are all fairly new houses/duplexes/apartments, and also a few very swanky ones! But as is often the case in such newer neighborhoods… they’re just a little bit boring, as they haven’t had time to build up a lot of ‘character’ and individuality yet.
A selection of the different neighborhoods….
They have some noteworthy logos here. Below is a creature that looks like a cross between a turtle and a salamander. It also has a wavy water design on it’s back.
While the Sundance logo shows a sun coming up over the water, with some cattails growing out of the water. But I’m pretty sure they were trying to give a snail impression as well — the water is the snails foot and/or trail, and the cattails are the antenna (or tentacles?). At least that’s sure what it looks like to me!!
I also made a quick trip through Jim Hamm Nature Area. I had read they were dredging out the bottom of it, which I believe they said they do every ten years or so. The lack of precipitation we’ve had in the last year probably helped in draining it. There were mounds of dirt/mud from the bottom along the east side, but there was no work going on at the time.
The park is dedicated to a local boy that died in the Vietnam War. The flags there were at half-mast, as was another flag I saw on my walk today. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing it might be due to the murder Tom Clements, the executive director of the Department of Corrections, that was shot on his doorstep a day or two ago. It appears the caught the man shot shot him (and a pizza delivery man) in Texas, later in the day.
As you can tell by the flags, the wind was blowing pretty hard from the east.
The University of Colorado and Colorado State University both made it into the NCAA basketball tournament this year… kind of unusual. And CSU won it’s first game last night, again Missouri. So I thought I would throw in the picture below, in honor of that. And CU plays Illinois later in the day.
As I was walking, I was thinking the Las Vegas odds again CU and CSU playing for the championship would probably be something like a million to one. The next two games bore that out… CU lost later that afternoon, and a day or two later CSU lost to Louisville. Oh, well… there’s always next year.
The next two steps in my apparently endless fascination with dog poop signs. The first one seems like a very friendly way to ask you to keep tabs on your dog. I like the ‘Doo’ in the second sign.
The street names in the neighborhood in the north-east corner of my walk today had an aquatic tinge to it — although I didn’t see a lot of tie-in geographically.
Tyrrhenian Drive — for the sea west of Italy
Aegean Way — sea east of Greece
Tonkin Place — Gulf of Tonkin east of Hanoi, Vietnam
Galilee Lane — Sea of Galilee in Israel
Aral Drive and Aral Ct. — for the rapidly-shrinking Aral sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, which is only about 10% the size it was 50 years ago…
and finally, Galapagos Place, apparently named after the island that belongs to Ecuador, not a body of water.
To the east of this ‘water’ neighborhood is a proposed neighborhood that a lot of truck apparently hauling top-soil in to it today. Google maps shows the planned street names for it (photo shown below). I didn’t walk it today because it’s not streets yet.. but if it’s done by the end of the year, I’LL BE BACK (as Arnold would say).
The proposed street names there are Provenance Drive/Circle, Ravenswood Circle, Montelena Street, Lakoya Street, Spotswoode Street, Quintessa Drive, and Beaulieu Place.
Two different electrical box warnings…. the first one, I think one might survive. The second one, I think you’re a pile of smoldering ashes.
There’s a Wasach Drive here… is there a chance this was a mis-spelling of Wasatch, the mountain range in Utah? When I google ‘wasach’, it has 569,000 hits, the first bunch of which refer to the Longmont street. And Google really tries to direct me to Wasatch instead. ”Wasatch’ has 9,300,000 hits.
Google maps shows a ‘Bond Road’ going up north of highway 66 from Sundance. But it looks like it’s just a field to me… so I didn’t walk it. Is this another case of ‘fake streets’ on a map… (see March 5 Kensington neighborhood post).
In my last post (March 19 Mill Village), I commented on how I saw manhole covers from both India and East Jordan. This neighborhood also had manhole covers from each of those.
I think this used to be a Playboy insignia, but it’s been mangled a little bit. Maybe on purpose, because it looks like a rugged he-man sort of profile. (Kind of like the actor Bruce Campbell, from the original Evil Dead movies). With a connection to director Sam Raimi, he’s also cameoed in Spiderman movies — and in the recent “Oz the Great and Powerful” movie as the Winkie Gatekeeper. I like the title of a autobiography he wrote a few years back… “If Chins Could Kill”. I guess he grabbed the title before Jay Leno did. It was sub-titled “Confessions of a B Movie Actor”.
Bruce Campbell wikipedia
Please notice the nice artistic touch I have where it appears the head is mounted in place of my head in the reflection in the window.
I don’t know about the rest of Longmont, but I think Prestwick Court is pretty safe from the Zombie Apocalypse.
Ute Creek Golf Course vista