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Sunday

6 Mile Walk Looking For Old Railroad Spikes

About a month ago, my Daughter talked me into going on a walk.   I just figured we would go up the road and back.   I had no idea she meant a 6 mile walk. 
It was such a beautiful day that we just kept walking and talking.
We decided to get off the roadway and onto an old railroad that was turned into a walking or bike trail.
 
As we were walking, my Daughter mentioned that she wanted to find some old railroad spikes and do something unique with them.
 
So I started looking for the spikes.  She kept telling me they were on the trail not in the weeds.
 
 At first I didn't see any railroad spikes but I did see a huge hornets nest over head in the trees.
 
Along the way, I told my Daughter that my Father, her Grandfather used to work on the Railroad in that area laying track.  I told her that he could have put in some of the railroad spikes that we found laying along, and on the walking trail.
 
 
That got both of us even looking harder for the spikes.   We ended up carrying about 12 pounds of metal for miles.    It was kind of funny because we had our shirts full of spikes trying to get them back to her house.
 
So, what has she done with the railroad spikes?  Nothing!!  They are still laying where I dumped them when we got back from out walk.   Can't wait to see what she does with them.

37 comments:

  1. You could make a wreath out of them?

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  2. wow.. I honestly have no clue about this. Sorry :( But I am all ears for good ideas that could come out from this brainstorming, Wreath sounds like a good idea!

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  3. I have no idea what can be done with railroad spikes. I wouldn't even think to pick them up either. Now whatever you decide I would love to hear about.

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  4. I am sure it will be like mother like daughter. She will come up with something creative.

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  5. They have turned a lot of the old railroads into trails for walking and biking.

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  6. Sounds like a fun outing. be interesting to see what she does with them.

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  7. Wonder what will be done with them. Hopefully they won't stay there

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  8. Looking forward to see what she ends up doing with them! Sounds like a long walk but looked so peaceful and pretty!

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  9. what a nice walk - i miss fall colors for sure. first we were in phoenix for 5 years and now we're in mumbai. :(

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  10. I am curious too - what does she want to do with them?!! I'm sure she has the creative gene from you and will come up with something awesome!

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  11. Maybe make some form of fence for a flower bed

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  12. Paint them with fluorescent paint and line the pathway to your house.Or possibly use them as the outline of a garden plot. Other then that I really cannot think of much else.

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  13. I remember my Granny having an old railroad spike when I was a kid and I was really intrigued by it.

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  14. It sounds like you both got some exercise walking so far with that weight! I love anything creative, so I'll be watching to see what she makes :)

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  15. seems like a good long relaxing walk.
    I wouldn't mind this long a walk if I have company.
    I am curious to know what your daughter does with the spikes!

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  16. Great adventurous walk, what about lining the walk way or flower bed with them? Know a welder? They would look great welded together into a big cross.

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  17. Wow! That is quite a haul of RR spikes. I imagine they would get awful heavy lugging them all. Looking forward to see what she is going to make with them....tell her we are all waiting! ;)

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  18. How fun! I've never seen any project made out of them, I hope you share when she's decided what to do. :)

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  19. Oh wow I wonder what she will do with them - will be keeping my eye out to see if anything materialises :) x

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  20. Wow, what a long walk for the spikes. I can't wait to hear what she does with the spikes. I don't even think I could make a good guess.

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  21. I would love to find out what she does with them as i would have no clue,also i think that is nice that someone from your own family years ago could of put them there kinda amazing to me :-)

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  22. Sounds like a lot of fun! I can't wait until my girls are old enough to understand the beauty of walking. I wonder if we have any old railroad tracks around here.

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  23. I could use those in my vegetable garden. Let us know what she comes up with. BTW, hiking in the autumn is the best time to hike, IMO.

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  24. Sometimes it's the small things like little walks and collecting the oddest things that make the best memories with our kids. This was such a great little story to read.

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  25. That's interesting. I never thought to craft anything out of old spikes like that! I can't wait to see what she does!

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  26. They make a good picture, just where they are. Lovely woods and trail. A beautiful day for a walk, esp. now that you have snow. We had our first snow this morning, Around 5 inches, I had to quickly exchage cars.

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  27. Whoa! What a walk. Excellent for your health Terry. But your in terrific shape anyhow. Please let us know what she does. If she has 1/2 of your talent (and I'm sure she does -- probably way more -- our children are always more talented, smarter then parents --LOL), it will be marvelous. Cheers T!!

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  28. One of the kids in our neighborhood always picked up railroad spike and buried them in our backyard. Years from now if people dig in our yard they are going to wonder why there are so many spikes.

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  29. I didn't know you could use railroad spikes for decorative purposes. At least you got a long walk to spend some quality time with your daughter. I can't wait to see what she does with them as well.

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  30. Maybe you could turn it into a great craft? There are so many possibilities for this. A picture frame is one of them.

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  31. Now I'm dying to know what she's going to do with them. I wish I had a snapshot of the two of you hauling all those spikes back!

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  32. I never thought about making a craft with old railroad spikes. I hope you post a pic of whatever she makes, whenever she makes it.

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  33. That is one very large hornets nest! I love walks that are productive such as yours. I can't wait to see what your daughter does with the spikes. I hope you do a blog post when she is finished.

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  34. Hopefully she does something with the railroad spikes! That is a huge hornet's nest! I definitely wouldn't want to be near it!

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  35. Sounds like you guy had a nice walk. I can't wait to hear what your daughter does with the spikes.

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  36. Sounds like you had a great outing.. and look at all the railroad stacks you found... they would be cool in flowerpots, add some signs or decor..love it

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  37. Interesting to hear what she wanted them for. At least you and her had some good quality time!

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