We parked at Pop’s Knoll and entered the woods from the wetland, following the renovated trout stream to the settler’s cabin archeological site now mothballed for winter, continued past the Big (“boiling”) Springs, along the river, through the hay field, and back through the woods and prairie to our starting point.
There was no snow on the ground and the sky was a brilliant blue. The only color in the woods was the vibrant green of growing mosses and a few small ferns. The only sounds were chickadees, blue jays, and the occasional sound of passing car on highway 92.Donld Park County Park on YouTube
In the water we saw lot of watercress and duck weed. There was only some frost in the
shaded areas and some isolated patches of ice trapped in the ruts of some north-sloping trails. I’ve enjoyed the carefree nature of the hikes we have been taking this year. The problem has been getting overheated not being warm enough! This should change very soon if we get the snow forecasted!
Time to break out the snowshoes. Begonia