Sibley has a lot of deciduous trees. I took particular notice of this because, living on the North Shore, I'm used to seeing a lot more COLOR in the woods: piney greens, oranges, etc. Sibley was pretty brown. There were a few bright spots of color starting to peep through, though.
We hiked up and down a lot of brown and gray hills. I enjoyed being out in the sweet spring air. There were a couple of overlooks that I assume are impressive in the fall - Little Mt. Tom and Badger Hill, in particular. We did the Hiking Club Trail, and I got my first Secret Password for my brand-new Hiking Club kit. 4 miles down, 21 to go before I get the first patch!
No trip to Sibley State Park is complete without a trip to Mt. Tom. There's a big lookout tower up there. It presented a bit of a mystery though - although it looked like a CCC structure, there was a plaque stating that the observation deck had been built somewhat recently. What??? How can this be - a CCC structure of recent construction? Or are just PARTS of it a recent construction? Joe and I walked up to the deck and inspected the stonework. It didn't appear that any additions to the original stonework were made - or they were added on seamlessly.
|Mt. Tom Observation Deck|
So, when I returned home, I got on my trusty computer and did a little bit of digging. It turns out that the original structure did include only some of the stone part. And it was...uh...let's just say it was a bit less impressive.
|An old postcard, showing off a previous incarnation of the Mt. Tom Observation Deck.|
It kind of reminds me of a Goomba.
There was a nice long view to all sides off of the Mt. Tom Observation Deck. It was very windy but it was a warm wind. It was good to get out and stretch my legs in a slowly awakening park, with my best guy Joe. Perhaps, if we are at a loss of anything to do on a nice fall day, we'll return to see the view from the Observation Deck with the surrounding valleys in full color.
|It's so brown! Good thing that's my favorite color.|
I'm going to keep track of miles hiked this year. Now, I have been to several state parks this winter but I'm not going to count them. We're just going to go with the spring/summer/fall visits. And yes, I know that this wasn't technically a spring visit...shut up. My blog.
Total miles hiked (in 2012): 4.4