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Spring Flowers Along the Ice Age Trail

The Ice Age Trail has its own special beauty during each season. Spring provides an opportunity to see an array of wildflowers, with different species blooming from week to week. This past week I delighted in the flowers to be found along the Fern Glen Segment.

Two weeks earlier on this segment I was seeing just a few wild geraniums. This time there were many of them, a delicate purple standing out against the greens and browns of their forest habitat. I spotted a few brilliant white shooting stars along with lots of purple Jacob’s ladder. May apples were just starting to bloom; I expect we’ll see a profusion of their flowers soon, with the rain and warmth that is predicted. Anemones and spring beauties were still plentiful as were yellow, purple and white violets. And then there were the Jack-in-the-pulpits, as tall as I’ve ever seen them. (See photo.)

This was the floral bounty to be found on just one segment of the Trail. Bill and I are making plans to hike in the Riverland Conservancy (across the ferry, near Merrimac) so we can walk among the fields of purple lupines that tend to bloom in May. We may get lucky and find them in their full glory or they may be not yet at their peak. Either way, we know that we’ll have a beautiful hike full of many wonderful things to experience….Along the Ice Age Trail.

Patti Herman

Note: The Fern Glen Segment used to be called the Groves-Pertzborn Segment. To find it, take Hwy 113 north out of Lodi and turn left on Hwy J; the trailhead is about two miles up the road on the left. You may see a county burn pile as you turn into the lot but don’t be deterred; this is a legitimate trailhead and parking spot.

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