Lake Irene: A Great Place To Hike Close To Home
The first time I visited Lake Irene was on a cool, sunny Spring day. I wasn’t in elementary school yet, probably five years old. My dad took me, my brother John and, I think, my sister Linda to the recently opened Community Park. I was mesmerized by the wide blue waters of Lake Irene. It was the first lake I had seen. I remember pulling the lever on the hand-operated water pump and throwing rocks into the lake like it occurred yesterday.
We occasionally visited the lake over the years with dad, usually in Spring. Mid and late Summer were spent searching for huckleberries and mushrooms. Years passed until I visited again, I think when my brother Mike started taking his son Mikey fishing.
Once I became interested in photography, and sharing my hikes on social media and my blog I re-discovered this beauty park and scenic Lake Irene. I now visit often, usually on a short hike after work and explore the lake and park looking for the hidden secrets of nature. Recently I observed, and photographed a great egret wading in the waters of Lake Irene. There are a few post on my encounter in the archives of my blog.
As I was leaving the park I heard the roar of airplane engines and saw this WWII aircraft taking off from the nearby airport. There was a WWII aircraft show that day, Nice way to end my hike it was since my dad, a WWII veteran loved taking us to that airport. We spent many weekend afternoons and workday evenings at the airport.I felt he was with me watching it take off. Here is a link to some more photographs from these hikes. Community Park hikes August 20, 21 2019.
Or an interesting wildflower , like this turtlehead flower. It is only a mile from my home, so I don’t have to travel far to find so much of nature’s beauty almost in my own backyard. Here is a link to my later hikes in the park, Community Park hikes September 3 2019