One of my favorite local hiking/biking trails is a river trail connected to a lake. It is 4.7 miles long and it winds along a river.
You can enter the trail from either end. Sometimes the Mr. would drop me off on one end and pick me up on the other. (Usually only when I was walking or running it.)
Other times, he would fish in the spillway area of the lake, while I would ride my bike across the trail and back.
It is a beautiful trail--and a little like riding my bike on the dirt roads of the farm.
Several years ago, the zebra mussels infiltrated the lake. They closed the spillway area and one end of that river trail. I was devastated. You could still access it from the other side, which I still did once in awhile, but I sure didn't use the trail I like I used to. In fact, I didn't go out there once last year. All the signs posted indicated that the closing of this area of the lake/river/trail was long term, with no end in sight.
Imagine how excited I was to discover that they have reopened the spillway area. In fact, it has been opened since March. (Am I the last one to know??!!) They have banned boats from the area to keep the zebra mussels contained, but biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing from their docks is allowed again. I am so excited!!
As soon as the Mr. recovers from some out-patient surgery today, we plan to take advantage of one of our favorite recreational areas. (I'm hoping that is sooner, rather than later--and I can guarantee you that he is hoping that, too!)