It was scorching hot out there on the dunes. The sun was strong and blinding, draining our strength. We went down to the beach and Frankie threw rocks in the water while Mary, Keith, and I gathered some rocks for an offering. Mary and Keith led us down the beach and up an unmarked path in the dunes to a dark little cedar grove where we enjoyed the shade and left the rocks with others already there, many invisible at first glance under fallen leaves. Mary and Keith found this spot many years ago, and it is quite magical. They re-visit it each year, but it was the first time they brought Frankie and I along. It was fun to see this neat little place we'd heard so much about.
We retraced our steps up the beach, over the dunes, and back down the spur trail to the main loop. We turned right toward the river and saw a green snake sunning in the trail. The spur to the river is very short, and the viewing area shaded and pleasant, except for a few too many flies. We took some pictures and moved on, looking forward to another leisurely picnic by the river.
This is a great trail!
|hairy puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense)|
|smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis)|