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SUMMER HIKES
SHOULD BE
REWARDED WITH
COLD BEVERAGES

After our walk of the .3-mile interpretive pathway, Laurie and I set off
on the Children's Forest Long Loop
Trail, first passing through a woodlands of spotted wintergreen, sassafras and pines. The 60-foot pines-
The micro-brewed IPAs and
mere two-inch seedlings five decades
Stouts at Jack Mason's Tavern
(jackmasonstavern.com) in Clifago-can live 200 years or more, so
ton Forge was just compensation
correlating the trees' lives to human
for summer's sweat-inducing
lifespans, they are just now leaving
temperatures. The fish and chips
their teenage years. With the trail
and smoked sausage and sauerrising at a steady rate, partridgeberry
kraut fit in well with the festive
and galax became a part of the underpub atmosphere.
story where maple, oak and gum trees
Partridgeberry (left), and spotted wintergreen are two of the
replaced the pines.
wildflowers of the trail's region.
The trail leveled out on a woods
road a mile into the outing, only to soon turn onto a
visit the forest while working on their SOLs in science. descending footpath. At two miles, an ascent out of a
We even have two volunteers who participated in the small valley, where there were no sounds of civilization,
original tree planting. Several volunteers are chain saw- returned us to a couple of benches near the beginning
certified, and 4-H Cooperative Extension students help as of the trail. Looking into the blue sky through the pine
part of their training. Grant monies have enhanced the boughs high above me, I couldn't help but express a word
of thanks to all outdoors volunteers-past, present and
parking lot and forest roads."
She says that field trips resumed in 2018, "with hun- future.
Find out more about Leonard's walking and hiking advendreds of third-grade students learning from forest rangers
tures at habitualhiker.com.
and walking the interpretive trail."
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