When friends suggested that we met for breakfast at one of their favorite breakfast cafes and then go for a hike in Alum Creek State Park, we jumped at the opportunity. Especially since later this year these same friends will be coconspirators on a hike of the West Highland Way in Scotland.
There’s always a little concern when joining friends for a hike due to a “condition” we’ve developed that causes us to stop and look at almost everything. This “condition” is undoubtedly the result of spending entirely too much time in the woods. The day may prove to be even more of a challenge given the likely presence of spring wildflowers. To make matters worse, we hadn’t considered the mosses and lichen that also turned out to be quite plentiful. Nonetheless, we were all on speaking terms at hikes end and our friends seemed to enjoy the things seen as much as us. Hopefully a reasonable balance between hiking and looking was achieved.
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Below is just a sample of wildflowers seen:
. . . and then there were the mosses and lichen. They’re of particular interest to us because we’ve just starting learning about them having been inspired by the New Hampshire Garden Solutions blog. Our attempt at identification was aided by the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association website.
On a lovely spring day we finished the hike feeling very blessed, thankful for time spent with good friends discovering new things in the woods of Ohio.