beautiful mild bright-grey morning in Lime Hollow, warm enough to hike without gloves or a hat once we got moving
Official head count: 16 hikers, dogs not allowed.
Verdict on Doug’s:
I’ve only been to Lime Hollow about a half-dozen times, and every time I come I like it more. Besides great scenery, it’s the only place we hike where you can see big lovely blue fish swimming in a hatchery right before your eyes.
We always come here at the same time of year, and it’s almost always snowy, so it’s come to take on a holiday feeling for me. The first part of our walk winds through beautiful pine trees, up and down small hills, and it feels like Christmas to me.
The second half of the hike takes us into huge overgrown brushy areas with fascinating terrain — for whatever reason the cold frozen fields make me think of Thanksgiving.
Seems like one thing’s always guaranteed: the parking lot will be a treacherous sheet of ice.
Our regular hiker Norm worked in Lime Hollow briefly some years ago and that makes him our guide now — even so, the trails are so delightfully convoluted that we needed a lot of map-consultation. Toward the end, three hikers fell behind and took a wrong turn — they were lost until they heard me bellowing for them in the distance.
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