Friday, August 26, 2016

Old Mill State Park

I left Lake Bronson State Park and moved south to Old Mill State Park yesterday afternoon. I arrived at the park, made camp and then headed across the Middle River
Middle River
to the nearby mill
Larson Mill
to explore a bit.
joe Pye weed
Joe Pye Weed
The mill is not powered by a water wheel, but a large engine. I guess at one time there was a water powered mill at the site. Besides the mill, there was a cabin representative of what early settlers to the area might have lived in
cabin
inside cabin
and a garden outside featuring day lilies.
day lily
It reminded me of the type of cabin one might expect to find in the Appalachians.

Back at camp I ate a cold dinner since I forgot to bring my camp stove and then read in the tent before retiring to sleep. This morning I awoke and broke down camp before heading out to explore the Hiking Club trail.
Start of hike
The Hiking Club trail was pleasant, especially the prairie portions.
trail through prairie
There were lots of flowers in bloom among the grasses, including closed gentian
closed gentian
and fringed gentian.
Fringed gentian not quite in bloom
The trail also passed through some aspen clones that were visually pleasant.
aspens
However, lots of mosquitoes lurked in the wooded portions of the trail. It was so bad I struggled to enjoy my hike, stopping only to check out an interesting feather I found
feather
and some snowberry.
snowberry

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