October 9, 1996
Nine miles? No, our hike only seemed that far on a warm October day.
The handsome new mileage posts corrected our estimates and also identified by name the trails we used.
Starting at the North trailhead, we found a “spider’s art gallery” among the bushes.
Their delicate spinnings were decorated with rainbow hued jewels, shining in the morning sun.
Up and over the summit, meeting other hikers and dogs, then down, almost to the South trailhead,
then back through the meadow, we found a pleasant resting place on the river bank.
Finally, the lower East-side trail brought us back to the Arboretum.
A timely trip, since many of the lower trails are muddy now.
The six-mile loop was enjoyed by Wendy Clarke, Dot Leland, Mary Millman, Dixie Minkler,
Doreen Waggoner and Velma Shirk, leader.