I had never been up to the relatively close greenway trails and they were a wonderful surprise — 6-8 miles of various loops and point-to-point destinations, all shady and not too extremely hilly, with so many birds and so much wildlife it felt like I was taping a nature sounds CD. Here are some photos from the expedition:
The trails take off from Buck Lake, a picturesque, peaceful small lake surrounded by iris and cat tails.
The trail meanders off through a meadow of tall grass and blackberry brambles.
It quickly winds into deep rainforest – this mossy bench was inviting.
The circle of life — baby trees growing out of big ones.
The wild raspberries glowed incandescently, in spite of the overcast day.
I’m not quite sure what this wildflower is – wild honeysuckle? – but it’s striking.
One of the many viewpoint benches on the trail, the “Quiet Place” is actually a memorial.
The road goes ever on.
There is a fabulous birdwatching platform at Lower Hawk Pond, where I snapped this blurry shot of myself.
I wasn’t actually hiking alone today; these friends accompanied me the last half mile of my journey, keeping about 30-50 feet ahead the entire time.