I ran across Loda Lake by accident a few years ago while traveling home via the back roads after kayaking. I marked it on my map, came home and looked it up, but disregarded it for hiking because the trail is only 1.5 miles. I guess I didn't do my research very well because it has a connector to the North Country Trail and it's easy to plan a trip with as many miles as you would like. Fortunately, my hiking group planned a weekend trip to include Loda Lake and, of course, I joined in. Please, enjoy the photos...I certainly enjoyed my hike.
|Hepatica - note the 3 bracts surrounding the partially open flower|
|Marsh Marigold, Cowslip|
|Ostrich Fern fiddle heads, edible - note the groove running down the inside of the stem. This signifies that it is Ostrich and not Cinnamon or Interrupted, neither of which should be eaten.|
|Woodland Terrarium - wishing I had picked this up because it would look gorgeous in my garden|
|Northern Pitcher Plant, carnivorous|
Lesson learned: if I happen across someplace that appeals to me, I darned well better get in there and explore it. I could have easily ignored this place for years and never known what a gem it is.