This year, my weekends have been the catch-up of overstuffed week-days, so I didn't get a chance to go far. I only had an afternoon. Mount Arabia isn't too far from the city. The "mount" part is a huge outcropping of granite that was once used as a quarry. It's a great place to watch meteor showers from a sleeping bag! But a terrible place to hike around under the relentless sun in summer.
It's a place where you can watch primary succession in action--the stone being worn away little by little by rain and wind so that after some thousand years there's enough wear for a little plantlet to take root in the teeniest layer of what will one day be full-out soil. You can see these little plantlets and wonder at their life and feel your mind boggle at the idea that someday this big mass of rock could be a forest. !! Never mind the question of how old this rock is in the first place. !!
|The little mossy lichens that help hold onto the soil so more plants can grow.|
This park (for it is a state park) also has woodsy hiking trails--which is what I wanted, of course--the place with leaves. And I was not disappointed.
|A lot of lucky four leaf clovers here.|
We saw some white tail deer too, with white tails so long and fluffy at first I thought they had to be some sort of dogs.
Anyway, now it is Thanksgiving break, and I am hoping for cool weather--cold even. I am happy and ready to be cozy.