There’s a lovely (free!) county park near me that lends itself to cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking the rest of the year. This past Saturday, I took advantage of some free time and wandered the trails in the cool wet October we’ve been having. I know every trail in this park and took the time on this Saturday to stop and really look at the trees.
I always knew the trees were part of a plantation effort from the 1930s; the set rows told me that. I stopped to read the sign giving the details:
I love the beavers on the sign- and I learned the date was earlier than I thought. There was a Cub Scout activity happening at one end of the park, but I had the trails to myself this morning and it was lovely. I especially noticed some grand old trees that were dying due to age or injury (lightning, maybe?) and remembered from Biology class that even in death, these organisms give back to the soil. Here were three that struck me with their age and grandness even as they decayed.
Anne should have been with me this morning, because – lo and behold- they have boardwalks!
And one final picture of something I haven’t seen much of lately: a blue sky and sunshine!!
I love county parks for their proximity to me and their price of admission: nothing. Thank goodness for tree planters and for taxes that pay for our county parks!! Head out to one this fall and enjoy nature for free.