As I sit here writing this my heart is still racing, my blood still pumping and memories are still being filed. But I wanted to take a moment and share with you one of the great things the City of Olathe has to offer it’s residents.
It is as simple as the Indian Creek Greenway Trail that ends in Olathe. Where it starts I haven’t made it to, yet. Today my fifteen year old son and I picked up the trail at approximately 140th & MurLen, right where MurLen goes over Indian Creek and the corresponding trail. We’ve ridden it to the end heading SW. That’s down around 154th and Lindenwood at Southdowns Park. Today, however, we headed NE.
When we reached just north of 127th & Pflumm the trail leaves Olathe and heads into Overland Park’s responsibility. We chose to ride on all the way to 119th & Quivira before heading south on Quivira, back to 143rd and then west to home. An eleven mile venture that allows you to just relax and enjoy a little bit of nature right here in the midst of suburban sprawl.
Along the way we found other bicyclists and joggers. Kids being pulled in wagons and squirrels breaking open the fresh supply of walnuts. Bridges over Indian Creek are numerous and afford the sounds of rushing waters in some places and a view of stillness not to be believed in others.
Cardinals, blue jays and many more boring birds were seen as well as what may very well have been a snake. Kids collecting bugs for school and a dad sitting next to the creek tossing stones into the water with his 5 or 6 year old brought back memories.
Since Olathe real estate is a topic here on Olathe Home Services I’ll also say that I think the houses that back up to the trail are nicely kept. I have to believe that property values are enhanced by this trail. Along the way we saw homeowners mowing, raking, mulching and even adding a for sale sign that couldn’t be missed by those on the trail.
Indian Creek Greenway Tail extends all the way to the Missouri state line. To find out more about Indian Creek Greenway Trail as well as all the hiking and biking trails available throughout Johnson County, Kansas just continue reading here.
In the meantime, get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Spend time with your family. And get some exercise, too!
Editor’s Note/May 30, 2008: Last Sunday my two boys and I rode from 143rd & MurLen to College & Quivira on the Indian Creek Trailway. Along the way we saw turtles, deer and a 5′ black snake on or crossing the trail. Along with the various assortment of humans. It was great.