February 2, 2012

Winter Wandering -- High Trestle Bridge

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Recently featured on the cover of the 2012 Iowa Travel guide, the High Trestle Bridge has been on my list since it opened last April.  We didn't get there over the summer, so I had already planned it for next spring.  With the recent warm weather, we made a trek out there one fine day in conjunction with a Sample Sunday at Prairieland Herbs and Picket Fence Creamery.

(Obligatory cute animal photo--The calf from Picket Fence Creamery.)

The High Trestle Bridge is part of the longer High Trestle Trail that stretches from Woodward to Ankeny, Iowa.  The trail is 25 miles long, perfect for a bike ride.  We're still using training wheels at my house, but we like to get out for a walk.  The bridge can be accessed from either end, making it around a 2 mile hike to get from the access point to the other side and back.

It's been a dry winter.  There's not much water in the Des Moines River right now.

On our January Sunday evening, we encountered many people--riding bikes, roller blades, or just walking like us.  We made it there right before the sun set, meaning we were able to see the bridge in daylight, watch the sun set as we walked across, and then enjoy the lights on the way back to the car.

West end of the bridge:

Do you have a favorite spot?  We're always looking for more places to go.

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