On Saturday my family drove forty minutes south west of our home in Dover, DE to a state park in Ridgley, MD. The weather was mild which made it perfect to go walk some trails. It’s been fall for about a month now, but the area around my home is just now starting to really take on that fall look. This meant that we could take a walk through the forest while the fall colors are on full display.
Adkins Arboretum is located inside Tuckahoe State Park. Tuckahoe State Park is located in Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties along the Tuckahoe River. It offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation. The Arboretum encompasses five hundred acres of the park.
My family and I spent a couple hours walking the trails and enjoying taking in all the arboretum has to offer. The visitor’s center was closed due to the current restrictions, but we enjoyed our trip none the less.
I’m never not amazed by what I see in the forests near my home. All kinds of trees grow from oaks and maples to pines and paw paws. Paw paws are a native fruiting tree. The produce fruit that can be most related to a banana. In fall their leaves turn bright yellow!
We also saw streams running through the forest. Just hearing and smelling the water as it runs over forest mud and leaves is amazing. So much life is in that water.
I saw all kinds of other things too. From native berries to rich forest soil, there was so much to just take in. I always try to take some pictures whenever I travel so my trips can be immortalized. I always enjoy getting to look back and just see where I’ve gone and what I’ve done in the past.
Seeing how rich the forest soil is really got me thinking about my garden. So many of us who try to garden in a natural or permaculture way fight and fight to get our organic matter up. The way our land has been used has directly impacted the quality of the soil. Especially in areas that have had ground clearing for construction or commercial farming the organic matter percentage can be as low as sub one percent.
The forest never has this problem. All of the falling leaves nurture the soil. You walk in a healthy forest and you see the soil is very dark, almost black, in many cases. That is healthy soil. That soil fosters strong growth. That soil grows strong plant life.
Adkins Arboretum is definitely somewhere I’ll be visiting again. If you live in Eastern Maryland or Delaware, I highly recommend you check it out! It’s a great place to just appreciate nature.
I loved this short evening trip we took. I got to see so much and just relax. I had been having a stressful week and this trip just helped me unwind. It was also a great opportunity to just take time to spend with my family. Spending time with my family is so so important to me. I never get enough of it!
The situation we are all because of the pandemic means we all have ample reason and opportunity to go out with those we live with and enjoy nature. I love going on these little adventures and I know you will too.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog! Whether you stay for a day, a week, a month, or a year I appreciate you. -Kate