Well, we decided on a hike to celebrate the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The kids, Nina, Ben and Nichole, who came home for Labor Day weekend agreed to go with Audrey and I to Palisades-Kepler State Park, where we hiked along the Cedar Cliff Trail, which winds along the top of a cliff along the Cedar River.
The Cedar River looks a bit more like the Cedar Stream, these days. The sandy beaches, a feature of the park, are much bigger than usual.
And it was pretty hot and muggy this afternoon. Despite the drought, the woods in the park still had a dark and dank feel to them—it was good to “smell” damp, even if the ground was bone dry.
It was a vigorous walks, which took us over an hour. The trail is about 1.3 miles, so we went over 2 and a half miles, up and down pretty steep inclines with very narrow steps, sometimes of cement, sometimes rocks and tree roots.
Ben pointed out a millipede on its way. It was about 4 inches long, and seemed huge for the kind of creepy crawly it was.
One feature of the trail was the many fungi that grow—there were orange and yellow and grey things growing on the ground and on live or rotting trees.
We’ve been to this park several times, but not for some time. I would like to return again, on some cool fall day, although I’ll then have to be careful not to slip on leaves.
I hope when I next see this fine park, it won’t be too long from now and there will be a lot more water in the river!