Going to be a hot day ( got to 88 ) so we headed to the forest for an early hike. Kelley was ready to walk today and likes this hike because of the beaver pond and people and dogs we meet.
The beaver pond keeps getting lower. It doesn't look like the lodge is in use.
Today there were a lot of annoying deer flies on the West Trail - it has had few the last times we were here. I decided to try a side trail over to the rail bed and then loop back on another side trail but made a wrong turn and we looped back to West. Some of the things we saw.
We met some people and dogs we know and and chatted with a new person about the trails and which were leash free. Kelley is always happy to meet people and generally gets a positive response. The hike took 2 3/4 hours but there was a fair amount of chatting involved. Kelley did well.