Friday, July 29, 2011

Tea Town Hike July 9th



The last time we were at Tea Town was back in April and there were no leaves on the trees yet.  This time we were leaving for Cape May on Monday and wanted to get in a local hike before we left. I chose Tea Town because on a hot day the breeze from the lake trail is very refreshing, and it's close.

The first thing we stumbled upon was this little frog sunning on a rock...



There are plenty of little area's to sit and enjoy the beauty, rest, and have a snack...



I love all of the bright green Lily pad's with colorful dragon flies landing on them...


The boys wanted a hug picture taken...


Joshua loves standing on things to get his picture taken...


The walk is not too intense for the kids this little hill was the steepest it gets around the lake...

The boys LOVE these little wooden walkways over marshy areas...



Jacob was really dragging so we stopped at another conveniently placed benches for a rest... (Later in the day he had a 101.7 fever which turned out to be a bad case of Strep poor guy!)



My favorite part of the walk is this floating walkway over the lake...



My little trooper...


This rocky stairway was pretty neat too. Our April hike had brought us on the ledge above this...


And on the way down...


We stopped to take in this view and Joshua took the opportunity to talk to two resting women. He told them "This is a nice place to sit" (so cute) and then they got to pet their friendly yellow lab that put me in mind of my mom's old dog Bowie.





At Tea Town they have a special attraction called Wild Flower Island and to keep out some flower eating deer they have fenced off a section of the reserve.  They recently provided these attractive gates for hikers to pass through this section.  I have yet to see the flowers, it seems to be closed when we go.

 
 More Lily pads...
 

 Next year I want to enroll the boys in the short summer camp sessions offered at the preserve. One of the guys I work with had his son's birthday here and the same son also attended the camp and loved it! Until then I hope we get in one more hike at Tea Town later this year. Maybe we will catch the fall colors from a different higher trail.

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1 comment:

  1. I have got to put this on my to-do list for next year!

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