Plainsboro Preserve

Trip Start May 13, 2011
Trip End Apr 28, 2012

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today, we hiked the Plainsboro Preserve, acreage of land that was set aside and cared for by the Audubon Society.  There is an awesome nature center there, information about local wildlife and miles and miles of trails.  The preserve is centered around McCormack Lake, a former sand mine in the late 1960's.  There was no lake at this time, but the mining company, that only lasted 5 years, left a large hole in the Earth, 45 acres and 50 feet deep.  As the water table rose, the lake began to fill, and now serves as a habitat to many birds, deer, small rodents, and beavers.   This type of lake is rare to find inland NJ, so we were so happy to learn that damage humans made has been reinvented by the Mother herself, giving back to her people, the non-bipedal variety.

We love to hike Maggie's Trail, a trail that follows a small peninsula right smack dab in the middle of the lake.   We discovered this preserve last year, and were happy to return in the late spring, to see the differences in the environment and also enjoy the forest.   The preserve is surrounded by beech and maple trees, bayberry bushes and wild flowers, and is lovely in the fall as well.  The girls love exploring the woods, finding all sorts of friends.  They miss the beach, but at home, you are never alone.  Here, it is a chance for us to quiet our souls, reconnect withe the earth in a profound way and give thanks to the little creatures that share the planet.  Cheers to our flying, crawling, swimming and leaping friends, and thank you for sharing your home.
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