Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice Trail - F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

Hot Coffee. . .
This day didn't start well.. there was a lot of Nana and Pappa stepping all over each others emotions leaving both of us a bit grumpy. We have been experiencing a lot of stresses coming in from external sources. But we made it through breakfast at the Looking Glass Cafe in Mansfield, MA. and then off into the woods. The F. Gilbert Hills State Forest seems a beautiful spot with wide well marked trails that ramble through a forest that is lush and spotted with large solitary boulders and filled with ferns and wild flowers. Once we were well into the woods the stresses began to fall away and our walk became the calming experience we have had in the past. One of the more amazing things we found in the forest was Lady Slippers. The beautiful flowers were along side the trail in several places and always a treat to find. As I mentioned the trail was well marked and even though we took several 'side trails' we were never in fear of loosing our way as the trail markers were clear and the trail map I had downloaded and printer seemed to be fairly accurate if general. Below are some photos of the day.

Nice Trail

Solitary boulders abound

A view of a pond

Nicely marked

Lady Slipper

Our walk - and more trails to explore

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