September 24 — Golden Ponds area

North of Nelson, west of Hover, south of 9th Ave., east of Airport Rd.

Total for today :   30,300 steps and  5:43 time. 

This will be the largest acreage I cover in any of my neighborhood walks this year.  Golden Ponds takes up a lot of space, plus farmland.  This had several areas that were badly hit by flooding.    Areas near 3rd Avenue and Hover, as well as immediately south of 9th were both very active today with post-flood clean-up.

To start off today’s blog, I’m going to repeat a photo I took on my August 20 walk, which is looking west from where the St. Vrain river crosses Airport Road.  Immediately below it is a photo from today’s walk, which I believe is from pretty much the same vantage point.

same scene at the end of my walk (with better light)

August 20 — St. Vrain looking west from Airport Road

 

Same view on Sept. 24 (about 11 days after the main flooding)

Same view on Sept. 24 (about 11 days after the main flooding)

 

a new channel cut a bit south (left) of the above pictures

a new channel cut a bit south (left) of the above pictures

 

looking east from same location (other side of bridge)

looking east from same location (other side of bridge)

 

FLOODING SOUTH OF NINTH

There was a lot of police presence in this area (4 cars or so), with officers knocking on doors talking to residents.  Also several city and Xcel utility vehicles, as well as volunteers (from as far away as Perryville, MO Baptist Church!) helping with cleaning up.

across 9th at Twin Peaks Golf Course --- still some puddling

across 9th at Twin Peaks Golf Course — still some puddling

 

The Valley

The Valley

The Fairways

The Fairways

 

pavement damage

pavement damage

 

fences down

fences down

 

washed away

washed away

 

utility truck moving water

utility truck moving water

 

trash bags

trash bags

 

more than this wet-vac could handle!

more than this wet-vac could handle!

 

street damage

street damage

 

First Baptist from Perryville, MO

First Baptist from Perryville, MO

 

help with cleanup

help with cleanup

 

one of several in the area

one of several in the area

 

hauling off debris

hauling off debris

 

generator?

generator?

 

trash receptacle barely held on

trash receptacle barely held on

 

sand washed away from playground

sand washed away from playground

 

one of several sheds moved off their foundations

one of several sheds moved off their foundations

 

airing out the basement

airing out the basement

 

muddy sidewalk

muddy sidewalk

 

debris on the tracks

debris on the tracks

 

I was surprised these ponds didn't seem to be full to overflowing

I was surprised these ponds didn’t seem to be full to overflowing

 

AREA AROUND THIRD AVENUE AND HOVER

Thank You sign

Thank You sign

 

washout 1

washout 1

 

washout 2

washout 2

 

drainage hose

drainage hose

 

multiple sump pumps

multiple sump pumps

 

debris in street

debris in street

 

drainage

drainage

 

Golden Ponds Estates

Golden Ponds Estates

 

loader dumping trash across the tracks at the storage units

loader dumping trash across the tracks at the storage units

 

dumpster 1

dumpster 1

 

dumpster 2

dumpster 2

 

another generator?

another generator?

 

trash on Fordham 1

trash on Fordham 1

 

trash on Fordham 2

trash on Fordham 2

 

still wet today

still wet today

 

debris on fence

debris on fence

 

water line on sign

water line on sign

 

overwhelmed fence

overwhelmed fence

 

looks like a total loss

looks like a total loss

 

Storage units # 1

Storage units # 1

 

Storage units # 2

Storage units # 2

 

Storage units # 3

Storage units # 3

 

Storage units # 4

Storage units # 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage units # 5

Storage units # 5

 

Storage units # 6

Storage units # 6

 

Golden Ponds closed until further notice

Golden Ponds closed until further notice

 

Floating railroad

Levitating railroad

 

no longer a straight line

no longer a straight line

 

(farmer's?) bridge out near St. Vrain river & Airport Rd.

(farmer’s?) bridge out near St. Vrain river & Airport Rd.

 

washed out by sidewalk east of Airport Rd.

washed out by sidewalk east of Airport Rd.

 

poor fish ended up several hundred yards south of the river

poor fish ended up several hundred yards south of the river

 

But that’s enough of the depressing flood pictures for now…  most of today’s area came out relatively unscathed.

Just a little something I noticed…. Rogers Road turns into Boston Avenue at Hover, then turns/merges with Price going northeast for a bit, disappears into other streets for a while, then re-emerges as East Rogers Road once you get to Martin.

and now THE BEST OF THE REST… (and once again, my apologies for so many photos)

urban tepee

urban tepee

 

sentiment of the day

sentiment of the day

 

Three bears... but no Goldilocks

Three bears… but no Goldilocks

 

do they have to walk around the fence to get the mail? or is there a backdoor?

do they have to walk around the fence to get the mail? or is there a backdoor?

 

horse crossing

horse crossing

 

Squirrels & Nuts

Squirrels & Nuts

 

Spoiled Chickens Lay Better Eggs!

Spoiled Chickens Lay Better Eggs!

 

Twin Towers

Twin Towers

 

Burro (?) # 1

Burro (?) # 1

 

Burro (?) # 2

Burro (?) # 2

 

he knows better than that!

he knows better than that!

 

Bear and Bell

Bear and Bell

 

nice brickwork

nice brickwork

 

Watch that first step... it's a doozy!!

Watch that first step… it’s a doozy!!

 

Meadowbrook Farm

Meadowbrook Farm

 

Evolution (?) sidewalk

Evolution (?) sidewalk

 

Green Fields

Green Fields

 

not sure if that '1st Month is Free' is still in effect...

not sure if that ’1st Month is Free’ is still in effect…

 

Long's Peak framed thru Andersen RV Storage

Long’s Peak framed thru Andersen RV Storage

 

covered RV storage

covered RV storage

 

Nelson Rd. Veterinary Clinic

Nelson Rd. Veterinary Clinic

 

Nelson Road Baptist Church

Nelson Road Baptist Church

 

I never can remember my address...

I never can remember my address…

 

Super Target

Super Target

 

Floyd's Barbershop (ala Mayberry RFD??)

Floyd’s Barbershop (ala Mayberry RFD??)

 

50 yards back of Home Depot

50 yards back of Home Depot

 

Goose at Blue Ribbon Farm

Goose at Blue Ribbon Farm

 

Healing sentiment

Healing sentiment

 

Blue Ribbon flowers

Blue Ribbon flowers

 

Silo

Silo

 

Beekeeper signs

Beekeeper signs

 

not sure what this big yellow machinery might be

not sure what this big yellow 5-sided machinery might be

 

home auction a few daysago

home auction a few daysago

 

cornfield

cornfield

 

2 horses

2 horses

 

house on Rogers Rd...

house on Rogers Rd…

 

... with lions on guard

… with lions on guard

 

para-glider about to land

para-glider about to land

 

plane overhead

plane overhead

 

can't walk from Airport Rd. to Golden Ponds along this bikepath

can’t walk from Airport Rd. to Golden Ponds along this bikepath

 

no dust problem at least for a while

no dust problem at least for a while

 

rustic fence

rustic fence

 

house on Hover

house on Hover

 

renovating house on Hover

renovating house on Hover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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