From left: Dori C., Nancy M., Jeanne M., Meredith P., Joan A., Dawn M., Ellen W., Jan G., Chris B. and Joel S. (Missing from photo: Charlotte D., Steve P. and Jane P.)
On a bluebird-type day, 13 members hiked 4.4 miles in the Delaney Pond area through Stow, Bolton, and Harvard. We walked in a meadow and through woods next to the Elizabeth Brook to a dam where Great Brook comes in, the water from both leading south to the Assabet River in Stow. The Delaney Complex was built in 1971 to provide flood control and Delaney Pond was formed as a result. It’s a favorite area for nature lovers; we could hear woodpeckers and flickers and we saw lots of swallows, turtles and a pair of swans. Joel Snider pointed out a beautiful Mourning Cloak butterfly, the first type of butterfly in our area to come out in the spring—hooray!! We all sat on a huge log near the pond to have our lunch on the loop trail back. We also welcomed a brand new member on the hike, Jeanne (Katherine) M. It was a great day to be alive!
Jane P. and Meredith P.