An afternoon appointment in Lawrence means a time to do some exploring on the way there. Black Hoof Park has been mentioned as an interesting spot. Exploring on the internet, I discover where this park is. My internet hunt leads me to the west end of Lenexa…perfect for a stop on my way to Lawrence. Off I go…
Google Map directs me to a south-west street down through Lenexa which takes me to 95th street. The 160 acre Black Hoof Park on the west end of Lenexa includes diverse wildlife, trails, a picnic shelter, and playground. Lake Lenexa holds the center of my sight as I pull into the parking lot. After I choose an area as far from the playground as possible, I park, hop out and head down toward the lake. A paved trail next to grass still wet from the morning rain leads me along the edge of the lake. The bluish-gray water reveals two boats moving gently back and forth. The first boat seems to be a contemplative journey for a single man. The other reveals two women and a small girl, each paddling as if they each are totally in charge.
The ground next to the lake reveals blue, white, orange and yellow blossoms. Wooden benches sit along the way for anyone who needs a resting moment. When the trail leads down by the playground, I dutifully turn around and return to the parking lot. I continue on the trail now with woods on both sides. The trail feels as if I am in the forest with lots of trees.
Rounding a corner at one point I come to the dam. I’ve never seen a dam quite like this one. Shaped to feel like a very large sculpture, I am intrigued as I try to figure it out. Fountains and carvings leave me wondering just how the dam works. I stand there puzzling for quite a while.
Time is a gift. No trip is a loss. This has not been a forest walk with lots of birds. However, it has been a discovery of an amazing spot. I head off for Lawrence feeling like I have taken a couple of hours somewhere lost in Europe.