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Trip Report: July 27

I drove up right after work on Friday. Made it just in time to get to my tent before dark, which was good because both my headlamps were dead :)

Cardinal-flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is finally blooming! I've been looking forward to it since I saw it in the listing photos and fell in love with the place.


Blue vervain (Verbena hastata) is also blooming - a lovely surprise



Red raspberries are ripe and delicious!


Blueberries too


All kinds of cool bugs this visit








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Isn't it gorgeous?


The northern wood sorrel is blooming (Oxalis montana)


And the cucumber root's funny-looking flowers (Medeola virginiana)


As are the pink lady's-slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule)


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I also found this crazy-looking fungi. It was poking up all over in the swampy areas. I haven't figured out what it is yet.


I always go there intending to get a bunch of things done, like improving the bridge and laying out trails, and then all I manage to do is adore the land. Oh well :)