|Our lovely trail
|Magnificent old growth tree
|More of the trail
There are two parts to the trails in this reserve, the first and longest loop goes up the side of the "mountain" (nothing compared to last week's mountain), which is 2.8 miles around, and then a loop that goes to Geneva Pond, 1.2 miles. We went around the short loop twice, in order to get a total of 5.5 miles and 1,100 feet of elevation gain and loss. I felt great today and was happy to be out and am not at all tired.
Today the pond looked a little scummy along the top of its usually clear water. I think it must be detritus from the trees. I know I've been sneezing a bit lately, and consider it might be some of the pollen set loose during the changing fall season.
|Sunlight filtered through the trees
As we began our final push back to the car, the sun came out and shined brightly through the trees. The day's delightful excursion turned out to be just about right for both of us.
|We each had a half martini
Since it was just a little after noon, I suggested that we go somewhere for lunch. Melanie had taken me to Scotty Brown's before, but this is one of the few times I've eaten out since the pandemic hit, and I felt pretty safe since we have both received the latest booster shot and we sat in a covered outdoor patio. She suggested we share a basil grapefruit martini, and they brought it in two different glasses. A nearby patron took this picture of the two of us.