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The Groundnut’s are blooming along the Red Cedar Trail although they seem to be blooming in different locations from past years. It is one of my favorite fall flowers.

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The Spotted and Pale Touch Me Nots are in full bloom along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Spotted-Touch-me-not

Spotted Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

I’ve had the opportunity to hike several sections of the Red Cedar State Trail last week. It has really been hot and muggy so my hikes have taken place early in the morning. These are a few of the things I’ve seen.

Thistle

Wild Cucumber

Leaf

False Sunflower

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Skiing is done for the season and the barriers have been removed from the trial head so it is now OK to hike on the trail. We walked down South from Irivington.  It was a beautiful day. We saw Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkeys, a Pheasant, Deer and Robins. The trail is still mostly covered in packed snow from the grooming although there are starting to be some bare spots. Once the snow is gone the trail will likely be muddy during the day. typically it hardens up overnight and then gradually softens up during the day making walking difficult.

This a shot of grass floating in the spring melt water.

 

The leaves are melting into the snow.

There is still ice on some of the spring melt .

Last years cattails can still be found along the trail.

 

 

We had skied to the Ice Wall the previous day and were very surprised to find that there had been significant melt in just 24 hours. With the warm temperatures forecast for the next week I suspect the Ice Wall will be gone by the end of the week.

We drove down to the Red Cedar State Trail early in the morning because it was going to be a really warm day. The previous day we had skied from Irvington to the Ice wall and we decided to do it again. The previous day I had my little camera but it was so bright out it was hard to take photos. This time I had my Nikon. When we first  started out only one side of the trail was groomed so I knew the groomer was probably still out on the trail. When we reached the Ice Wall we heard the groomer coming. A colleague from work was doing the grooming. The groomers stopped to talk with us and take some photos of the Ice Wall.

It snowed overnight so once we were done blowing snow we headed down to the Red Cedar State Trail for some Cross Country Skiing. It was a beautiful day but as usual this winter no one else was around. The trail had not been groomed after the overnight snowfall. There were a lot of deer tracks on the trail and we finally noticed a couple of them watching us ski.

The winter Sumac was beautiful against the blue sky.

 

The ice was is still in good winter condition. We were disappointed that there did not appear to be any eagles in the two nests across from the ice wall.

We were the only people out skiing yesterday. It was cold again, around 4 degrees when we exited the car. We noticed a lot of frost on the trees and skied down to get some photos. While we were taking photos the wind came up and blew the frost off of the trees and we ended up in a blizzard of frost.

We then skied down to look at the ice wall and check for Bald Eagles. No eagles in sight but we did see a couple near the trail head when we drove into town. The ice wall is looking the best that I can remember.

Once again we decided to head down to the Red Cedar Trail for some Cross Country Skiing. It was supposed to start warming up but on this morning it was only about 9 degrees. It was cold enough that there was some frost on the trees just south of Irvington. The weather report for the rest of the week was for 30 and 40 degree temperatures which are too warm for skiing. Look like this was our last chance to ski for a while.

The winter cattails were very striking against the snow.

About the 5 mile mark on the trail the snow from the previous day was still hanging on the trees.