by Jim and Melanie
We go to Palisades-Kepler State Park in east central Iowa several times a year. Thanks for joining us this time. We like to hike along the trail more than 100 ft above the Cedar River. Parts of the trail are along the face of these rocks.
Each season brings out something different such as wild flowers in summer or colored leaves in autumn. This time it was an abundance of ferns. We’ve had a wet and cool spring.
Hiking the trail along the palisades requires some careful attention to footwork. Parts of it are flat along the top. Even then, there are often tree roots or rocks to catch the unwary. Now and then you need to ascend and descend. Steps were built into the trail many decades ago. We are sure-footed. But, the hiking poles give that extra measure of balance.
As we crossed a small stone bridge upon our return, this little red-topped fungus caught our eye. It was growing in a tiny patch of dirt trapped on top of the bridge.
The park was very quiet this morning. We met no one on the trail. The only sounds were the birds and our own footsteps.
About half a mile from the park entrance, we passed an amusing and familiar sight. Perhaps you know of Grant Wood. He was from this part of the state of Iowa. Folks around here like to honor him and his work.