No hiking today. Just a long, pleasant walk on the Cherry Tree Swamp trail. A wooden trail was built over the swamps. The trail continues through the surrounding forest. Next year, they plan to build a multi-million-dollar eco-center there. I wonder if it will remain as accessible and free as it is now. Probably not.
There were dark clouds out and droplets of rain on the windshield as we headed out to Mount Belleview this afternoon. We decided to brave the elements. As it turned out, the weather was fine. We met a really nice mother with her toddler and baby sitting on a huge rock. We offered to take their photo, which I just e-mailed to them.
I'm usually the one taking photos, so there may be more photos of my sister than of me in my blogs. But I got a special request to have my sister take photos of me on the trail, so here they are.
I always look forward to sharing my photos with my Sparkfriends. Thank you for caring!
We were so glad to be able to hike again after being indoors for two days because of the (much needed) rain. We found a cute little trail at Mount Bellevue that we'd never hiked on before. It's fun because at first we were really sticking to the main trail, but now we're discovering more challenging trails off the beaten path. This afternoon's forecast was 40% chance of rain - that means 60% chance it won't rain! We've just missed too many walks "in case it rains"! We hiked for about 3 hours in the best possible weather but it rained for the last 20 minutes or so. We were grateful for the partial shelter provided by the canopy of trees and were very glad to get back to the car.
Lovely little trail but rather muddy after 2 days of rain
My sister scouting the trail - right, left or straight ahead?
The forecast for the weekend is rain, so my sister and I decided to get all the walking in that we could today. First we hiked some trails on Mount Belleview and then went for a leisurely walk at Blanchard Park. I'm kinda sore from all that hiking/walking (my pedometer says 25,852 steps today), but I'm really happy with all we got done. I'll be GLAD to stay in tomorrow.
That huge tree trunk in the back looks like a grumpy old man.
I couldn't believe how close this small squirrel let us get to it.
We are surrounded by so much natural beauty when hiking in the woods.
I'd been told that there were nice walking paths in the Beckett woods, but I'd never been there. Today, my sister and I decided to go explore those woods. It's a very old forest with a haunting quality about it because of it's age.
Old tree and rock structures called Inuksuit
Old trees by the path
Walking through old roots - and sometimes tripping over them
If this knarled old tree could talk, I'll bet it could tell a tale or two.