Tuesday, May 2, 2006

BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK

Brown County State Park near Nashville, Indiana is algow mid-spring. The leaf cover has not yet spread and the colors have not yet deepened. Redbud blooms are past, but the white dogwood blooms still stand out against the greening canopy. I searched in vain for morrels while there on Monday afternoon, but it looked as if the delicious spring mushroom had already been harvested where I looked--around decaying tree trunks, in shady areas, etc. If you have a few hours in a late afternoon and evening, it's worth the one-hour drive south of Indianapolis for a drive through and brief hike in this graeful place. If you have a mountain bike, take it; the two-year old mountain bike trails are accessible and superb (trails begin just inside the North Gate entrance).

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