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The weekend before last (last weekend was spent inside working tirelessly on tiny felt Christmas gifts…), we went to Perry Lake for a walk. Our usual trails were either closed for hunting or along the lake and too windy/cold to bear, so we kind of gave up and just gathered bittersweet and admired other plants on the old highway until we ended up at a new trail. We’d been at the “trail head” for this Cottonwood Tree Park a few times before but never even knew there were paths there. I was just trying to find out more about it online and learned that that huge tree stump is the remains of what was once the largest eastern cottonwood in the state; it died and began to fall apart in 2005.

On the way home, we stopped at this abandoned ice cream shop and poked around. It’s really pretty back in those Ozawkie woods and we’ll probably be going back a lot this winter. I have to learn about how to identify Kansas fungi for next time.