A little reading along the trail–StoryWalk® at the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro

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Pretty pond to walk around at the fish hatchery–the pond is actually Bungay Brook, dammed at this spot to creatr the pond

The rain held off so Christine and I enjoyed the cooler breezes as the weather changed and headed out to the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro, after enjoying lunch together at the Unlikely Story bookstore in nearby Plainville.

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Enjoying the story on the trail

Christine has spent much of her life working with children, and I wanted to share with her the Storywalk® that is posted along the nature trail. The trail circles the pond behind the fish hatchery buildings and is an easy walk in most any season.

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Christine coaching me on proper method for selfies

We  noticed that the pond was easier to see than what I recalled from prior visits. Was this because of tree damage from last winter?

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Lots of fresh leaf litter on the ground, courtesy of hard-working gypsy moths munching throughout the forest

Or perhaps the gypsy moths, working very hard right now to destroy the local oaks, are removing lots of foliage and making it easier to see the water? Whatever the cause, the water views were lovely.

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Bungay Brook flowing freely, before finding its way into the dammed pond behind the fish hatchery

Bungay Brook was rushing under the small bridge that crosses the stream–I love the sound of flowing water, and was hoping Christine would see (and hear) this trail at its best. We were not disappointed.

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Step by step, we read the story

And each stop along the Storywalk® gave us more clues about how trout come from trees. Huh? Christine was not buying this.

All around the pond, we caught beautiful views of the water. The lily pads have not grown in, so the water is clearer than when I have visited in the late summer or fall.

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Beautiful water views were waiting from every direction as we traveled around the pond

And despite the leaf cover, we finally noticed that the rain had begun. The rain was still falling gently as we wrapped up our walk, the drops creating graceful circles on the calm water’s surface.

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Gentle rain just beginning to fall

We got to the end of our walk, and our story, and had seen the circle of life, from leaf litter to all the creatures that consume the detritus and later become part of the food chain, all the way up to the fish (that are raised in the fish hatchery!) The circle of life, indeed. A sweet way to spend some time with a dear friend.

Marjorie

beech cliffs 2018Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,”  “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,”  and edited “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com

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2 responses to “A little reading along the trail–StoryWalk® at the Fish Hatchery in North Attleboro

  1. Mary Chitty

    is that the wimpy kid bookstore? sounds like a great day. love mg

    Mary Chitty MSLS Library Director & Taxonomist cell 617 861 7410 work 781 972 5416 Cambridge Healthtech, Needham MA http://www.genomicglossaries.com http://www.healthtech.com

    On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 3:37 PM, Marjorie Turner Hollman wrote:

    > marjorie561 posted: ” The rain held off so Christine and I enjoyed the > cooler breezes as the weather changed and headed out to the Fish Hatchery > in North Attleboro, after enjoying lunch together at the Unlikely Story > bookstore in nearby Plainville. Christine has spent muc” >

    • marjorie561

      The Unlikely Story book store is indeed owned by Jeff Kinney and is wife–a great spot–we should go visit when you come out this way. A huge boon to the community–the epitome of what independent bookstores are doing to the business model –counter to the trend of chain bookstore closing.

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