Still nice weather, 40's and sunshine. We arrived at the park at 9am, geared up with boots and backpacks. I took a quick scan for the purple scarf at picnic tables, playground equipment, map signs, nothing. But we didn't expect it to be hanging out there, right.
We headed to the trail where we thought we had ducked into the underbrush near the stream that takes us to the Paw Paw patch. Mostly browns, leaves and trees. Remember we are looking for purple. Marie and I had split up taking separate deer trails so we wouldn't miss THE SCARF.
It wasn't long before I heard her whoop then "I found it! I found it!". Of course the scarf was cold and damp from being alone on the riparian forest floor for four long days.
Nice, a blooming violet so late in the season.
Plants amaze me!
We also saw Hoary Allysum, a dandelion, a speedwell, and some asters still blooming. We found beautiful strawberry plant leaves. A pleasant day at the park.
After Grand River Park we drove to Grand Haven to celebrate at Ray's Drive-In with French fries and a rootbeer shake then back home to do research on things we had found at the park. We identified a Slippery Elm, Nannyberry, looked into beechdrops, and Highbush Cranberry. We are explorers. FUN!