Anyway, here is the hike which takes you around a nice little wetland area on the south end of the park.
This preserve has a greenhouse by the parking lot because it is where they grow the wildflowers for the seeds that they need to restore other preserves.
The prairie part has all sorts of nice flowers like these little purple ones
There's also a lot of wetlands so the path has lots of boardwalks.
At least there SHOULD be a lot of wetlands, but due to the drought this summer most of the ponds and swamps are dried up. Mommy took this picture when I was taking the previous one.
Mommy and I are very worried about my friend Musky the Rat and his relatives who usually live here, in what should be a large pond. Where do muskrats go when their water dries up? Do they survive?
The second boardwalk, this time over the non-existent swamp
Auntie Naomi, don't read the captions for the next two photos!
Musky may be MIA but the snakes were out
I promise, I saw a snake here
A little solid ground before we get to
the third boardwalk by the second non-existent pond
Then it is back onto the main path.
If we had turned left we could have continued around the whole preserve, but I told Mommy I wanted to go back to the car, and since the official hike was the short walk anyway, back to the car we went. Now I think it is time for another nap.
Total miles 1.2.