Although it was a strangely hot 82 degrees, we managed to schedule a short walk–maybe two miles–from campus downtown to a sweet little place called “Heritage Park”. It is small but carefully maintained with wide trails, lots of benches, landscaped areas with lawn, shrubs, flowers, a covered picnic area, a paved parking lot, and informational plaques. The group of volunteers that maintains the park does valiant battle with poison ivy. This time we noticed the paths had been widened and areas beside them cleared, which I suspect is part of the attempt to eradicate that menace.
The path itself is a short loop that runs around a tiny island in the middle of the Grass River. It has lively rapids and waterfalls on both sides and the island is completely wooded. The picture below is me standing on the bridge that goes out to the island. Although it was very hot, it was a nice way to fit in a walk without getting in the car to drive somewhere. This coming Saturday morning I am working on trails with the volunteers at Indian Creek, and if the weather is decent we plan a hike up a low peak for foliage viewing in the afternoon.