Another beautiful day and Kelley seems fine. We went to the nearby forest so I would have time to start cleaning up the garden. Altered our usual route a bit because all of the pools on the West Trail are dry and there is some water along the rail bed and a couple of spots on the Loop Road.
Walking across the meadow to the hill down to the beaver pond we saw that there had been a sudden burst of color
Parts of the forest are study plots for the university and they have signs to identify them. This one had attracted a bee.
Some of the other things we saw
Walking along the rail bed we encountered two porcupines. The first one moved off into the brush but the second stayed on the trail. Kelley started forward but stopped when I said, "No" . It appeared to be a young one.
A very nice hike. we met several people with friendly dogs- some Kelly knew and some that were new and that made her happy. We took extra time at the beaver pond both at the beginning and end of the hike. 2 hours