Borderland State Park, 2/20/17

Borderland State Park on the Easton/Sharon border offers lots of hiking trails, easy to navigate in winter. On this warm, melty day, the trails were pretty muddy/slushy, or what e.e.cummings called “mudluscious” and “puddle-wonderful.”

We walked to the 1910Ames mansion, all stone to  protect against fire.


The rock garden’s fountain is snow-filled.


and the trail down to the pool is snow-covered.

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From the Ames mansion, we hiked along carriage trails then cut across a field to the Lower Leach pond and trail.

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Love this wooden deck with bench along the pond:


Cascade from the pond goes under a footbridge:

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a kind gift:


The stone lodge is open, with fresh wood waiting to be lit in the fireplace. The lodge smells of recent campfires, and the rafters have birds nests.


This backview of the lodge gives a peek at the cast-iron bench at the pond’s edge, through the middle window.




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