The Bozenkill Preserve is one of many Capital Region nature trails managed by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. While a walk in the woods generally means admiring leaves, trees, and flowers; this walk discovered a well worn set of wheels. I am sure they earned their keep back in the day, and make a terrific addition to the bed of fall leaves and grove of “stand up straight” trees holding their ground.
While hiking along the trail to High Point, watch where you step! As pretty as they are with their moss covering, a misstep could have you stumbling into one of these crevices when you least expect it. While researching what causes them, I discovered the history of their evolution. High Point is part of the Helderberg Escarpment, which is made of limestone. Limestone erodes over time due to water, and the proximity of the crevices to trees, indicates the tree roots took that erosion up a notch causing cracks. Continued rainwater flowing into the cracks not only expanded the cracks into these significant crevices, the dampness became a breeding ground for the lovely green moss.
I found this pretty plant along the High Point trail just above Altamont. Sometimes known as Dolls’ Eyes, White Baneberry is extremely poisonous! Not just the berries, but the entire plant. Good to know…
When my daughter knew we were going to a state on the West coast, she investigated lighthouse possibilities. One rental car, one GPS app for my phone, and one State Park later, we found Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island, Washington.
We wandered through Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle marveling at all the stalls full of local products. The vendors were very friendly as they hawked their goods. We tasted some delicious items, and had some great conversations…no, we did not catch a flying fish! We wandered back through and bought some flowers, cheese and crackers, and fresh produce for our next day touring one of the islands in Puget Sound.
The classic row boat ride through the lake in NYC’s Central Park. We didn’t ride, but certainly enjoyed the view of the boats, the lake, and the skyline.