April 23, 2017

A Sunny Spring Day at Great Bear

Erin and I had been waiting for a nice day to get the boys to Great Bear Recreation Area.  Alden is big enough now to have acquired the ubiquitous kid joy in throwing things in the water.  Splash!  By taking Great Bear Road, then Alec's Trail, we reached the Oswego River in about 1 mile.  For little legs, this is the perfect distance to get some time in the woods, then have a lengthy rest-and-snack-and-play session before returning via Great Bear Road.  Because of this, we almost always take the same route, and likely will for some time to come.  Alden hiked almost the entire distance himself, only requesting portage during the climb back up Great Bear Road toward the end.  This is a very impressive hike for someone who is only very newly 2 years old, so it wouldn't be reasonable to ask the little guy to go further for a while yet. 

It was a fantastic little hike!  The boys played well together, which was heart-warming and swoony.  There were no significant issues with Frankie hoarding sticks or rocks.  The weather was spectacular, and there were spring wildflowers in bloom along the trail.  We even convinced the boys to sit together for a portrait session -- cuteness overload. 

Great Bear Road
red trillium (Trillium erectum)
Alec's Trail
trout lily (Erythronium americanum)

Oswego River
photo by Erin
photo by Erin

Frankie drew a picture of a cat using a wet stick

download map from Friends of Great Bear

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