Seized with Happiness

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.”

“It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

~Ashley Montagu~


On the first Sunday in September, neighbor Deb and I seized happiness with a bike ride around the city of Stevens Point, WI. The Green Circle trail consists of a 27-mile loop of red granite, boardwalk, and paved trail; on city streets (mostly the quiet ones); along rivers and across bridges; through forests of heaven-reaching trees and the marsh of a reserve. I shared a small offshoot of the trail, Sculpture Park, in a previous post.

Deb and I agreed that this trail kept us totally engaged and happy with a constant change of scenery. Never a dull moment or something new to look at along the trail. But I’ll let you judge for yourself the degree of our joy through photos and comments.


This post has been brought to you by bike trails, green circles and happiness. It has also been brought to you by Linda G. Hill’s “One-Liner Wednesday.” All you need to play along every week is an awesome one-liner and follow a few rules. Birds on a wire are not required, but make sure you link back today’s post to HERE so the rest of us #1linerweds peeps can read it.

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29 responses to Seized with Happiness

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That looks like a beautiful ride, and it looks like you have a great time. Thanks for bringing us along.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I can’t wait to go back there, Dan. It’s one of the coolest trails I’ve been on and fairly close to home. It would be awesome in the fall.

      • Dan Antion says:

        I like that distance, too. I have a road ride that I like that is just a little longer. I like the ride, but the traffic on some of the roads is getting dangerous. I would have to drive about 45 minutes to get to a trail like that.

  2. joey says:

    Totally love the bridge, and you on it, and the railroad trestle, and how they’ve got a fence for those on foot (and bike). Nice!
    I’m awed by those gorgeous wooden seats, too, all carved and my goodness, do you suppose someone has to go coat them every year to protect them from the elements? So pretty.
    The Mister really needs to sit down to a porter sampler — and soon.
    Looks like a great ride and I appreciate you taking us 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The wooden seats had an American Indian theme. There is an animal carved into the front of each one and a series of saying on each one. I might use them for a future one-liner-wednesday, so stay tuned.

      I thought of you immediately when I came upon that bridge. Always a photo op for my blogger peeps. 😀

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I’ve never been to Stevens Point but that looks like a beautiful area as is much of Wisconsin. Good quote about happiness seizing us, not the other way around.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      If you’re into golf, Stevens Point has Sentry World Golf Course, which I hear is awesome. It’s a pretty area and going north from there, it gets even prettier.

  4. JoAnna says:

    It looks like the perfect trail, full of diversity and natural beauty. The pictures took me away. 😊

  5. Claudia says:

    A wonderful world to discover on bicycle! I love the mysterious trails and open fields and cloudy skies and warm sunshine. Thank you for sharing the magic.

  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    That’s a great looking trail – trees, water, bridges … it doesn’t get any better than that 🙂
    That would quickly become a go-to ride for me!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      This trail is definitely in my top 3. I’ll be going back as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

  7. Playing catch up . . . I’m currently two days behind. [sigh] – [bit of a swear word going on here] . . .

    FANTABULOSO photographs Mary! How lovely it must be to bike around such a wonderful trail.

    It’s the funniest thing but … as I read and looked at the photo’s I could virtually smell the smell of woodland, the dampness of the pond area … and I could hear the geese gently honking.

    Oh … and I could taste the cold cold beer. Naturally … I don’t drink beer, I’m too little, being only 7 years old (in my head anyway lol)

    GREAT post. GREAT bike ride. Memory making moments spent with a friend.
    Squidges ~ Cobs. x

    • bikerchick57 says:

      When I go on bike rides, I often wish I could bottle up the smells of the trail and open it up in the middle of winter.

      I don’t know if we should be hanging together here. At age 14 I might be too old for you. 😏

      No worries about being two days behind. I’m weeks behind, barely keeping up. I need to stop having a life!

      • I was thinking of asling everyone to stp posting for three days so that I can catch up. Mind you… then they’ll all post at once and I’ll be so far behind that no one will see me again! eeek!

        You’re 14??? Ohhhh you could be my baby sitting then! 😀 😉
        See … there’s always an answer to a problem, if you just look. lol
        Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

      • bikerchick57 says:

        You could give your blogger friends a schedule of when they can post for your convenience. Do you think that would work? 😉

        My apologies for not getting over to your blog, Cobs. I’ll take a trip over there soon.

      • Aww, don’t fret over it, my fabulous friend. I’m only glad to get to your blog before you began to think I wasn’t interested anymore.
        Squidges ~ C. xxx

  8. LB says:

    Oh how I’d love to ride this trail! Someday I’ll get up there again.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s now one of my favorite trails, Laurie. I’m only sad that I probably won’t get back there until next summer.

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