On August 26, 2016, 10 of us went hiking in an old favorite place, Sycamore Grove up to the Frog Pond. This hike is about 3 1/2 miles in length with some of the trail going up a short up-hill. The last time we tried to hike there, the rangers were doing a controlled burn, so we were not allowed to be on the trails. This time the trails were fine, but it was still a bit of a shock to see the effects of the burn on the landscape.
When we got to the pond we didn’t see the turtles on their little rafts as we usually do. We still saw plenty of wild life, including a large group of wild turkeys and a young male deer. The days are shorter and the mornings cool, so the animals are enjoying being out just as much as we are.
We are so lucky to have such a beautiful park so close to the city. It is near enough to houses that many people walk dogs, jog, push strollers and just enjoy being in the out-of-doors. We have several choices when we hike here, too.