Sunday, September 6, 2009

Back to the River! Back to the Forest!

(Invisible brownie points for you if you can name what movie that quote is from.)

Yesterday, following our slight mishap Thursday, I was eager to get back out and immerse myself in the forest once again. This time, I was determined to keep my head and not panic should we take a wrong turn. Louie came with us, too, which made me feel much better. He is definitely not as panic prone as I am.

We originally started out on the Green Trail, which was the path that played tricks on us last time. However, I wasn't really comfortable going through that trail again, and since we had just attempted it two days ago, didn't feel like seeing the same things again so soon. We walked on it a little bit, and then headed back to go somewhere else.

The three of us - my sister, Louie and I - settled on taking the Blue Trail down to Walker Pond, a place my sister and I had been before, but not in a while. The Blue Trail is a long trail, but one that is fairly easy to follow because it is not particularly overgrown and the blue markers stick out on the brown-grey bark quite well.

We reached the pond and wandered off the trail just a bit to investigate it. Frogs shrieked and hopped into the water with our arrival. I tried to coax Marge into the water, but because the pond was surrounded by a thick layer of mud, she didn't want to go more than just a foot or so beyond the shore. The Greenbelt's bodies of water are not particularly ideal for Marge, unlike the streams and ponds at Wolfe's Pond Park or Clove Lakes Park, where it is relatively easy to bribe Marge into the water up to at least her elbows.

I had Marge pose in a delicate bed of wild flowers, but the flowers didn't show up as well as I would have liked in the picture.

We walked on on the Blue Trail until we reached the border of the park. The trail continues, but not before crossing residential streets. Deciding it was pointless to leave the forest, we headed back to the entrance of the park for a break and to decide where to go next.

Because it was relatively hot and humid and we had already walked a considerable amount, we opted to take the Lavender Trail, which simply loops around a large swamp inside the park. We've walked this trail very many times, but there are lots of sights to see on it so we figured it was worth our while.

There is a small, cleared, mossy patch of land just off the trail that we always like to go exploring on. Last time, we saw several different kinds of mushrooms due to all the rain we had. This time, there wasn't much there, but the spot was still nice for a break.

Marge plopped down on the ground and found something interesting to sniff.

We completed the Lavender Trail quite quickly, barely having to stop to look for the trail markers because it is so incredibly straightforward.

The last leg of our journey was traveling on the Yellow Trail, which got us back to our car safe on Thursday after getting so disoriented. Now that we'd already discovered the quirky parts of the trail, I felt more comfortable and knew exactly where we were.

We took the trail all the way up to the road this time. We could've continued on to climb Moses Mountain (which is more like a hill, but it is the highest point in the Greenbelt), but after having been there so long, decided this would be a good place to stop.

We headed back, this time without incident, climbed into the car and headed home after yet another nice day in the middle of nowhere.


Ms. ~K September 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Looks like you all had a great hike...I live 15 minutes from the Appalachian Trail...

RILEY AND STAR MY MALTESEKIDS September 6, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

Oh you are so lucky to be able to go hiking with your mommy in the beautiful woods.

Our mommy went to Colorado last week and forgot to take us!

Riley and Star.

Astrid Keel September 6, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

what a great hike! You're so lucky to go hiking with your mommy in such a nice area. :)

The Army of Four September 6, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

What a GREAT adventure!
Thanks for stopping by our blog and wishing me a happy birthday! It's great to meet you!
Tail wags,

Shadowsky September 7, 2009 at 3:42 AM  

Looks like a fun hike!

Dexter September 7, 2009 at 6:03 AM  

Much better hike! Now you have trained your mom how to follow signs.

Why don't you want to swim? You should visit me. I could take you to my cement pond next door.


Kathy Mocharnuk September 7, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

THAT IS SO PRETTY, you are lucky to have such a pretty hiking place in your area. It sounds like a very fun hike, and your pictures are really great. I love that pond.

Anna the GSD September 7, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Glad you guys didn't get lost! Looks like a lot of fun! Mom says we'll go hiking but not till it gets cooler cause dad is scared of finding Mr. No Shoulders aka a snake. :)

Sue September 7, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

What a nice day for a walk in the woods. There's a walking trail that runs right behind our house. The dogs love to walk it because of all the fresh new scents.

Rufus and Indie September 7, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

Beautiful pics! Marge looks so sweet on the photos!

If you want I can send you some more mini biscuits! No problem! I'm glad she liked them!
Rufus and Indie

Martha September 8, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

We are glad you were not put off after getting lost!
We just love the woods - great great smells. We love your pictures. Looks like the lavendar trail was a good choice.
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Carolyn September 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

I'll bite (at the quote).


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