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Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for Spirit of the Woods

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.

Loda Lake

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.

Loda Lake

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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john bain said...

Well at last I know. You do sleep sometimes!

Secondary Roads said...

That must have been fun. For all. The others wanted to demonstrate as you did, but they lacked the energy. :)

Unknown said...

That looks beautiful! I'm not much of a hiker, myself - I prefer the just-going-for-a-walk side of the spectrum ; )

Thanks for popping in on my blog! And good luck visiting everybody else - that's quite a challenge!!


Michael Abayomi said...

I've never gone hiking before, but I used to be a boy scout and we used to go on excursions to game reserves and stuff. Don't know if that counts...? Anyways, thanks for stopping by at my blog. :D said...

Beautiful photography. Great post. So glad I stopped by. Thank you sincerely for sharing.

Linda Della Donna

Charlotte Henley Babb said...

I love wildflowers too, and here in South Carolina we have a lot of them blooming now,especially the small grass flowers, as well as mountain laurel and rhododendron.

Happy Earth Day! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Happy A to Z Challenge.

Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count said...

Sounds like a beautiful place! I know how it is when you feel too tired to do a topic justice. Frustrating.

Stephanie V said...

I think the spirit is well captured in your photos.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good look with the rest of the challenge.

Liz Brownlee said...

Happy earth day! I was never able to walk as my blood sugar would not stay ok for long enough, but now I have a little dog who warns me when it is getting low, I can manage, and I have REALLY enjoyed those walks, I can tell you!

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Unknown said...

Beautiful, serene images, I would want to have a cat nap right among the trees. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Donna McDine said...

Thank you for sharing your glorious pictures and the recount of your day.

Visiting through the A to Z Challenge. Lovely blog!

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Ann said...

Looks like a nice lake. Now go get some rest :)

RNSANE said...

I haven't really hiked since my youth...say, fifty years ago but, a stroll around that beautiful lake, sounds like fun.

Hope you slept well last night.

cathy@1970kikiproject said...

looks like you had a great day for the hike! (and a busy one for you!)
hiking is such a great way to appreciate nature...i'd love to see that trail and those flowers!

Elaine L. Bridge said...

Visiting from A/Z with thanks for visiting my blog Yours is beautiful - I am so glad to have found it. Truly there is something wonderful in every single day. Blog on and finish strong!

jeanlivingsimple said...

I totally understand your passion and being tired after the hike having recently done one myself.:)
Looking forward to your future post!

Barbara said...

Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the visit! Enjoy A-Z.

Mel said...

Sounds like a beautiful hike. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy A-Zing!

nutschell said...

that's a beautiful picture of the lake:)
Happy A-Zing!

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