It was one of those April days where the clouds feel as low as the ceiling in your living room, yet I was determined to be outside. The flyer has been in my “Things to do with Andre” school flyer since Kindergarten. I can picture that flyer in my mind vanilla colored tri-fold “Nature Preserve” written on the front. Finally I found the flyer and directions. We head to Ashpacher Road (located between S.R. 15 and 18).
Looking to my right I see a gravel/weedy open area and a sign! Hurray for signs, very helpful. I am in the right place. We park on the gravel and see before us a field of thistle and wheat colored grasses. As we step on to what looks like a grass path. I say “It is going to be wet.” The moment I say that, I feel the cool wetness soaking into my shoe and sock.
Slightly confused we walk on a gravel path leading to what looks like a neighboring property. Happily we realize is heading for the woods – behind the neighboring house. Cool, just where we want to be. As we approach the woods a lone tree blooms among lines of grey. A Serviceberry, my favorite!
We only left ourselves with half an hour for this adventure, but in that time to managed to encounter, dogwood in bud, very cool mossy logs, Mayapple, Trout Lily, Spring Beauties, a flowing stream and bridge. We didn’t make it through the woods into the true wetland area before we had to head to piano lessons (and we were quite a muddy site to see)! We will be back that is for sure! Here are a few more pictures to leave you with…