I went for my first walk around Spring Valley this year the other day. The sun was shining and although it was still chilly, there were definite signs that spring is in the air. The lake is no longer frozen and although there aren’t any leaves on the trees yet, they look as though they are getting ready to burst into life.
With all the rain that we’ve had just recently, the little creek was fairly rushing along. I could hear it even before reaching the bend in the path. Add to that the shrill trilling of red-wing blackbirds and the unmistakable sound of a large flock of geese flying high overhead and it seemed like spring really was a reality and not just something that we keep wishing for.
The animals at the farm were outside enjoying the unexpected warmth. They’ll back in the barn next week if the weather forecast is anything to go by.
Because of recent rains, many of the trails and paths were flooded or exceedingly muddy but fortunately the farm is on high ground so I managed to get there without getting my feet too wet. I returned the same way, just to be on the safe side.
After visiting Volkening Farm, I went in search of the one thing that I knew would be a sure sign that spring was on its way. Down by the old Redeker Cabin I found them. Snowdrops, only just in bloom but a welcome sight.
Further down the trail I came across something that must be a new addition to the Nature Center. This little area is called a Natural Play Pocket that encourages children to play and create things from the natural materials available. Someone had evidently been very busy. The sign at the entrance says that children should be permitted to create and build with minimal adult input but wisely adds that adults DO need to supervise.