Fall Back To Spring, Outdoors The Place To Be Before Cold Came

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

If you were not outside on Saturday, too bad because you missed a great November day.

All across the metro people took to the great outdoors because they don't think we're going to have many more days like this for quite a while.

When people saw the forecast for the last half of the weekend and the start of next week, they knew they had to take advantage of the nice weather while they could. Some raced through the "honey do" list while others put those chores off for later.

Whether it was hiking, biking or just playing outside, people flocked outdoors to soak up the sun.

With more energy than any 5-year-old should possess, Michaela was tearing through the playground equipment at the Walnut Creek Recreation Area. Her mom was perfectly content to sit and watch the energy surge because she knew days like this are numbered.

"We came out today because we figure this will be the last time this year that it would be really warm and she could play at the park," said Connie Ellard.

Boating, biking or running, many had the same idea with temperatures that felt more like spring. They put winter off for another day.

Dan Beam headed to Lake Manawa to spend a few hours, but had to take care of some chores before he got on his bike. "I just got started. I did yard work today and a little bit of housework this morning. Other motorcycle riders had the same idea as Dan.

Recumbent cyclists also hit the trail around Lake Manawa, perhaps remembering back to the time they were 5 years old, full of energy, with cold weather bearing down on the Heartland. "She starts clawing at the windows, she wants to get out right away," said Ellard. "She's like, can we stop at the park please one last time?"

Michaela and her mom left when the sun started to set, at the same time colder temperatures and strong winds moved into the park.

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