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A Reconnoiter down the old North Trail at Alewife

From Larry Childs

I was out on the trail this evening and went the full distance to the Little Pond in Belmont, about one linear mile. First half is easily followed and with pallet bridges only slightly dislodged - and only slightly overgrown. The second required climbing over a couple of downed trees and moving around light amounts of mud on the trail -a bit 'athletic' I would say. There is little poison ivy and mosquitos are active, so long pants is a good idea for our troops. I saw a rabbit, great blue in the pond, and silver maple which warmed and tugged at my heart because we lost so many of them. I then walked back through the housing development where the forest once stood which was interesting but disturbing. I look forward to the upcoming walk this Sunday.

A view of Little Pond at the end of North Trail with clouds reflecting on the surface. Photo Larry Childs.

Leaves on a branch extending out over Little Pond at the end of North Trail. Photo by Larry Childs.

Some flowers growing near the shore of Little Pond at the end of North Trail. Photo by Larry Childs.

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