It was a sunny start this morning, still with a chill on the breeze, but you could tell spring has finally arrived. Today’s urban hike along the Custis Trail would loop for about 3.5 miles as shown in the picture map in yellow.
Along the trail today you will see signs of spring. “Benny,” a knowledgeable reader identified some of the earliest wildflowers such as “snowdrops” also known as galanthus that grow from bulbs. Crocus are blossoming in various colors and species. The “ramps” are rising, also known as spring onions.
Jonquils and daffodils are blooming at their earliest start.
Trees are budding, adding color to where there was nothing just a week ago.
Along Four Mile Run, there is a sign in Bon Air Park that makes me laugh every year because it talks about the trout replenishment program. Each year, naturalists truck in some nice trout with the intention that they will lay eggs and produce a brood that will one day return. In our historic past, trout lived in these waters. Now, they are too polluted and warm to support them.
So, what happens is that people will come to the Four Mile Run to “catch” some trout. They pretend to be fishing for them. If they wait awhile, the trout will die and float. It is sort of sad.
Yet, today’s saddest experience is that someone’s dog died. They had a taxidermist stuff the animal and they placed it in the flower garden where dogs are not permitted. The stuffed dog is wearing a party hat, and has a tennis ball. There are some flowers with the dead animal.
On the other hand, at a different spot along the trail, a wonderful gold cat appeared in the leaves. With a “here kitty,” the cat came running for a nice pet. It remained friendly until the petting stopped, and then it expressed disappointment.
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