Today was the monthly hike for the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.
After the hike, some of us went on to Gale's Pond for a while, and then I had a meeting tonight. I'm too tired to do this post justice, because we saw a number of rare plants. I'm going to beg off for now, and hopefully bring you some of those in the future.
The hike was at Loda Lake Wildflower Preserve. It's about an hour from where I live. It's the only Forest Service Wildflower Preserve there is! It turned out to be too early to see a lot of things in bloom, but I learned a lot, and saw some plants I didn't know very well.
Here's Loda Lake itself.
A Forest Service botanist met us there and gave us a guided tour. That tour also included some history of how the area came to belong to the forest, and past land use, which included two small farms. Here are some members of our group inspecting a display about that history.
I probably drove everyone crazy jumping around and ooohing and aaahing about plants, but hey.... it was a wildflower hike!
I promise you pictures in the future, but I want to be able to tell you about the plants, and I'm falling asleep!
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