Due to being on vacation and not having my wonderful job to help me get my FitBit steps up I decided to visit one of the millions of local parks near my house. This time I stopped by the Niskayuna Lions Park. Which is part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path, a bike path that runs 86 miles from Albany to Little Falls. It’s also located aside the Erie Canal and five miles down the road from the Erie Canal Lock 7.
You’ll notice this big yellow sign when you approach the paved walking trail. And if you can read or have any respect toward your fellow human beings you’ll follow it’s rules.
If not all pets will be banned from all the parks. Yes, all of them!
Imagine attempting to take your dog for a walk and not being allowed to because some guy didn’t pick up after his pet squirrel.
As your approach the small park which has a decent size parking lot and yes, bathrooms! Well, I guess they’re seasonal and I seasonally didn’t get a picture of them. Because well, don’t ask me, it’s seasonal.
This sign shows you how far away from civilization you are. Or at least the civilization the man wants you to believe.
I may one day take the trip to Albany in a bike, but I’ll need a car to get to Buffalo. But then again I don’t have a bike and no reason to go to Buffalo. So you’ll just have to wait on that one.
There’s a few buildings and benches located in the main area of the park. Such as this green bench and the rocks next to it. There’s a gazebo off in the distant.
And who can not notice the old train station complete with a older gentlemen sitting on a bench outside of it. There are small stores located inside, but due to it being December they were closed.
As you begin walking down the paved highway you’ll notice it’s well, paved. And it’s nicely paved as that. Not like that crappy pave job on most highways and streets and side roads and heck any road in the Upstate New York region.
As you notice to your left, if you start walking towards Albany that is. There’s a body of water. I’m not really sure if it’s the Hudson River, the Mohawk River or the Erie Canal. I didn’t really research this.
But maybe you can.
You’ll also see signs. Signs in green that aren’t nearly as mean as signs with a yellow color.
This one describes who’s Bike Path this is.
If you look to your right again you’ll see this.
More water, more scenery.
It almost looks like a painting right? Or maybe you’ll want to go duck hunting around here.
You’ll also see lines on the road. I’m assuming they’re starting lines. Especially seeing there’s a S next to this one.
But beware. There’s a sign to the right of it. And like previous signs it might be one of those mean.
Well, now you’re in a completely different town.
But then again this is on the right side, as you can tell with the water in the background.
Opposed to the Town of Colonie sign which was on the left side.
This sign, similar to the previous yellow one, has rules.
And with the bottom sign it’s quite obvious someone didn’t pick up after it’s motorized vehicles thus banning all motorized vehicles. I mean come on folks! Listen if you can clean up after your pet, motorized vehicles or whatever you’ll get them banned for everyone! We need to be in this together!
I must point out that you can’t tell where the “No” is on the sign, because it’s been warn away due to weatherizing. Or maybe even vandalism aka defacing town property.
And please remember if you’re going to be trapping, you know trapping people, pets or even motorized vehicles you need to be at least 200 feet away from the center of the pavement on the bike path.
So make sure you bring a 201 foot measuring stick with you.
As you continue your walk you’ll notice someone is glad they’re in the Town of Colonie and not Niskayuna because they have vandalized town property!
But then again it’s a warning to Katie Vick. I think they’re warning her about some guy named Kane. But what do I know!? I’m just guessing here.
As I approached this new part of the trail, I notice cones to the left of me and signs to the… OH MY!!! Look at all those signs!
I really doubt I’ll pass through to the other side. I won’t be able to follow all those rules. Okay, I just don’t feel like reading all those signs.
After all I’m walking not reading! Gesh!
To my left is this big sign.
Yep, more reading.
Just what every one who’s walking wants to do.
On the other side there’s more reading to do.
This time about the birds in the area.
So not only do they want us to walk and read not they want us to look for birds!?
I really don’t know if I can handle all of this. It’s just way too much.
I see this.
Like what is this? I don’t know what the heck this is?
Is this what the kids are using for those illegal drugs they all talk about in those chatrooms on AOL?
A little past all of the signs and weird objects in the ground is a few benches for sitting.
Obviously put there to promote watching of birds.
In this picture you can see my shadow, of which it looks like I’m wearing a dress. And a shadow of a huge bird with a very very long neck standing next to me.
Wait… there was no bird standing next to me. Especially one with a very long neck. Or was there!?
Oh man, I better walk away from this picture.
As we walk away from that picture we see there’s more of a clearing past the benches.
And yeah, it lead to nowhere.
So nothing really cool to talk about. I mean unless you enjoy looking at trees, and stuff.
On the opposite side of all that was another paved path. Because I was serious earlier. I wasn’t going to continue walking straight. Way too much reading, way too many rules.
Just not going to do it!
So I went to the right. Instead of freaking out.
As I followed the path I came to some filtration plant or something which you can kind of see on your right. And then past that was another parking area.
For those who don’t like the other parking area. That’s like a mile down the road.
Regardless of all that, I turned around and started heading back to my car.
As I got back to the parking lot, I saw this cool Lost & Found section.
And then I went back to my car.
I didn’t walk too much here. Because I wasn’t done with my day’s adventure.
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As for my review of this place, it’s pretty cool. I mean if you enjoy walking.