The township website descriptions says "the occasional drone of single-engine airplanes adds to the lazy feeling of the place", and sure enough, a plane or two flew over in lazy fashion. The 72 acres vary considerably in the presence of invasive species. The first stretch has very few exotics, with a nice variety of natives like maple-leaved Viburnum and even a few Joe-Pye-Weed growing along the trail.
After the trail crosses a stream, the exotic multiflora rose starts showing up in force, but natives like black cohosh (photo) and broad beech fern still find room to grow.
Photo #2: Daniel pointed out a beech tree with very un-beechlike bark (photo).
Photo #3: ...and correctly identified Indian Pipe, a parasitic plant related to blueberries.
#4: Some would call this old jalopy an eyesore, but I like to think of it as history, a time capsule slowly returning to earth as the trees rise above.
Thanks to Suzy of the Whole Earth Center for bringing along cider and pretzels for a post-walk snack.
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