A walk through the park is always enjoyable. Today we hiked the Vine Maple Trail
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I’ve been coming to the park since my kids were little, the place still oozes freshness and solitude. As a change from the regular path, Nick and I turned onto the Vine Maple Trail and enjoyed a less travelled section of the park. Only a few passed us on the trail so we had it to ourselves to stop and marvel at some of the huge trees through which the trail meanders.
The initial part of the trail was particularly treacherous for photographers as there were many dog mines along the edge of the path. If one is concentrating too hard on the subject, it would be far too easy to miss-step. Do these owners actually not notice or are they just not bothering to clean it up, it really does motivate one to ban dogs. Nick brought his camera and he borrowed my tripod so he could try out stationary photography. He found it very helpful for most of his photos but for the few that needed faster action the setup got in the way.
It was a great day to walk the trails and the hot sun was mostly avoided by being on the more secluded trails. We both took a number of interesting photos and felt that the time out was well worth it. I really need to come here more often as my last visit was three years ago. I noticed quite a few improvements to the trails which make it easy to walk. The only negative for today’s trip was the lack of water in the river! The southern bridge was completely dry. The northern bridge crossed over a small bit of stagnant water. This dry spell is sure having a strong effect on the small creeks.