Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Mount Hope Reservoir

If you have been visiting this blog for very long, you have had to realize that this family definitely has a great passion for nature. Give us a beautiful day and we are certain to want to head out into nature. The more wild the better.

Today was just such a beautiful day, bright sunshine and a temperature of no more than 60 degrees. Perfect weather for a hike. We loaded the car and headed to the Mount Hope Reservoir, five minutes from the house. We took a 4 mile hike around the reservoir through a hardwood forest.
We found some new wildflowers. This is birdfoot trefoil.

We identified this flower as cow vetch. Vetch means "I cling to thee".

Halfway through the hike you cross over a creek and head back on a very steep path.We finally had to carry the babies and the strollers.

There was this very nice little waterfall.

Amy resting on a log.

The kids all practiced there fallen down log walking.

We saw a lot of nice looking fungus.

We also found wildlife. What we consider wildlife is anything that moves. Above is a black winged damselfly.

An eastern red-backed salamander.

A wild turkey.

Last but not least, we have Dad getting attacked by a bear. (He only scared Mark and Grace, and only for a split second, although when he screamed I think he scared the dog.)


His Servant: Ann Kraeger said...

Sounds like a nice hike. We'll have to try that one. Very funny Pat.

Ruth said...

These are amazing pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful day.

florasita rox sticklady mum :-) said...

This is so beautiful Thank You :-)
it is rainy and cold here again today and the pics are so inspring .
What a Blessing to be live near a mount named Hope :-)
Thanks so much for sharing your gift . Much Love , Rox