June 22, 2013

Beaver Lake: Hemlock Hollow and Bog Trails

I started Frankie out in a hat for this hike, for protection against mosquitoes.  However, it quickly became clear that the heat would be a bigger challenge to our comfort, so we ended up ditching the hat.  It got close to 90 degrees today, and my little sweat-head definitely lived up to his moniker.  Frankie loves boardwalks, so we made a figure-eight shaped loop using the Hemlock Hollow Trail and the Bog Trail.  Even when combined, these trails are only 1.0 mile, and are easy and level-surfaced.  This meant Frankie could manage the hike on his own, which is a bonus for me in the heat.  I'm a sweat-head, too!

the Hemlock Hollow Trail

green frog (Rana clamitans)

carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica)
water break at the observation tower

view of Beaver Lake from the observation tower
painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) among the spatterdock (Nuphar variegata)

watch out for Auntie tickles!

running down the boardwalk on the Bog Trail

back in the shade on the Hemlock Hollow Trail

Download trail map here or here.

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