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.

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The rock garden’s fountain is snow-filled.

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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:

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Cascade from the pond goes under a footbridge:

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a kind gift:

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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.

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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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