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On Saturday we headed down another trail, the multi-purpose trail. This trail allows for hikers, horses, and bicycles. We started near the our campsite.

So I guess I should have mentioned that you can take your covered wagon down the trail as well. Do any of you have one?
We waited until about 9:30am to start our walk. The low temperature had been 39F. The Indiangrass was sure pretty!
I found these little plants near the trail in a gravelly spot. So I am not very familiar with new growth of a lot of the plants. However I wonder if these might be Shaggy Portulaca (Portulaca pilosa)? Let me know what you think.
A view of the main building of the fort.
A bridge that lost the Lost Creek?

A sign along the trail.

So this is all that is left of the aforementioned flour mill. Indeed Lost Creek looked very deep here.
Black Vultures decided it made a nice roost.
Vines were taking over! It was hard to tell what kind of vines they were. But on our side of the creek Greenbriar and honeysuckle were plentiful.
Can you find the Red Admiral butterfly? The big ole Chinkapin Oaks were near 287 in Sewell Park. The trail runs through the park and continues on under the highway.
Yes, it really was on the tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was 11:30am. And of course we had worked up an appetite. So a stop at Dairy Land Inn was in order!
However the neatest find was on the walk back to our campsite. Can you see the ferns?

It was Engelmann’s Adder’s-tongue (Ophioglossum engelmannii)! I found them when we cut across the fort’s mowed grounds, our shortcut. How cool was that!

The shortcut led to the treasure find of the day!

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know

7 Comments

  1. Am surprised to see the adders tongue leaves still up – crazy year for everything.
    How those folks figure put what they see under the scopes and the landforms is always pretty impressive – cat traces and whole landscape constructions. Lots of creative thinking and looking.

  2. I think the tiny plants in your third photo are rabbit tobacco, Diaperia (Evax) sp. You had a wonderful day for a walk! Try to get by Herd’s Burgers in town while you’re there. Open weekdays for lunch only.

    1. You are second person to mention Herdโ€™s to me. So I guess we should give it a try. ๐Ÿ˜€ Good to know about the baby plant. I had seen some other babies I had wondered about too. I have not seen many remains of last seasonโ€™s dead heads of Diaperia. Another reason to come back.

  3. I second Suzanne on rabbits tobacco. It looks like that as a baby at Saxon park long after last years plants have been stepped on/disappeared along the walking trail

  4. Suzanne, It looks you and Claire agree. Thank you both for the input! And thanks for the restaurant tip. We will check it out. And Herd’s is supposed to be open until 9pm now according to Google.

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