Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Dad, I don’t think you should read this post. Everyone else, you’ll see why later.

I know we tried out Oxbow before, but I can’t find photos of it. I do know that the walk was very short, and that we crossed it off our list of places to go after being disappointed. I seem to remember that it was very hot and buggy, which might have been the reason. But other than that, we can’t figure out what the problem was. This (longer) walk was very nice.

It starts off following a river – in fact, the trail you want to start on is called Riverside Trail.

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See how it meanders along the river, following the edge exactly?

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There’s a big canoe launch a little further down, and I think that’s where most of the cars we saw were headed. No canoeing for me. I can’t fit a life jacket over this girth.

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This is a big shaggy Hickory.

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After a while, the Riverside trail ends, and you join up with Turnpike.

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Now you spend the next mile roaming among little ponds, crossing bridges, inspecting beaver lodges.

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And happily, here’s a bench for a little rest.

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Hm. I should have stood next to this for scale. There is a very, very tenacious beaver living in these woods.

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We saw a few turtles sunning themselves, but they’re so shy that Yen couldn’t get closer than this for a photo.

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Loads, and loads of little garter snakes jumped out of our way.

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And then we came to a particular broad stretch of water, and we saw Northern Water Snakes swimming around, hunting for frogs and salamanders.

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Don’t stare too long at this next one – there’s no snake to find. But there is in the following!

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