Last time we came here, we set out from the parking area heading west on the yellow trail, then turned off on the blue trail and continued west, eventually retracing our steps for an out-and-back. Today we ventured east on the yellow trail, taking the spur to the scenic bench, then continuing along to complete the 1.0-mile loop. By going this way, we didn't encounter the treehouse until we were almost back to the parking lot, giving us lots of time to explore the marsh before the obligatory picnic. We went off trail, and were able to get quite a ways out into the marsh by walking atop a beaver dam. This was great fun, and Frankie enjoyed playing with the dried Phragmites stalks, using them "to build a splash factory" among other things.
When we got to the treehouse, we climbed up, snacked, and hung out for a long time. The winds kicked up as the front moved in, and we decided to move on. I hadn't been to Woodchuck Hill in the spring before, and I was a bit disappointed by the lack of native wildflowers. Otherwise, this was a great little outing. Long live the Easter fish!
|spicebush (Lindera benzoin)|
|coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)|