Sunday, June 1, 2008
In search of the wild Trillium
This morning I rode Johnnie early -- 7 a.m.! on the trail and encountered not one other soul, just goldfinches and hawks active at that time. We had a glorious ride. The bugs were starting to wake up just as we got back to the trailhead.
Then the DH and I went on a bike ride in search of trillium. This wonderfully mathematical flower has 3 of everything: petals, bracts, leaves...it makes me think of mystical threes a la Pythagoras. Trillium bloom in profusion at a nearby state park every summer, and we love to see them in their geometrical beauty.
We were chased by mosquitoes throughout this hike, and I am not talking about little bitty ones either but monsters with racing stripes on their fiendish bodies. So every time we stopped to take a picture we were literally shedding blood for the photo opp.
But it was a gorgeous Sunday overall. We visited Lena's in Askov on the way home, to enjoy a phosphate and conversation. Lena's sells various types of Scandinavian merchandise and various old-time natural beverages and snacks. Here you may find a rhubarb milkshake should you have a yen for one.
We came back home under threat of rain; it had just rained, it was about to rain, it threatened more rain, but miraculously we were dry upon arrival. A biker's felicity!