After looking at the agenda of the Presque Isle Advisory Committee (It was sand, sand and more sand) I thought a walk on the park might be a better way to spend a quiet Thursday afternoon away from my office. I was right. The sun was out. It was warm and rain, and winds were not even in the forecast. Gathering my camera, notebook, iPad and a bottle of water, off I went.
Once I got to the bottom of Presque Isle hill a funny thing happened. My car just kept forcing me to the right and lo and behold, there was Sara’s drive-in window beckoning me. While most people love their Orange and Vanilla twist, I love a big cup of pure Orange. The pleasant young woman at the window thought that they would be open just a couple of weeks more, so this treat seemed EXTRA special.
I decided that I would just drive around the park until my treat was gone and then decide where to walk. I made it to Horseshoe pond. As I drove past the Beach 11 parking lots, I noticed a sight to behold. There in the lot were two deer grazing under a bright yellow tree. This single tree had decided that autumn had begun. Well, it will begin tomorrow, so the tree was right.
Another indicator to look for on Presque Isle to foretell the coming of fall is the turning of red on the vines that wrap many of Presque Isle trees. The vines are all now beginning to go deep red. The vines are Oriental Bittersweet and Virginia Creeper and are an awful invasive plants that can and does kill many of the host trees. Sometimes I would just love to keep a good set of pruning clippers handy to cut some of this off the smaller trees. The invasive plants on the park are a continuing problem.
As weeks go by, I will show you, in pictures, the beauty of the park in the fall. Soon, the color will begin its movement across Presque Isle. For me, this is the best time of the year to walk the trails of Presque Isle. Won’t you give it a try?
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