Meadow Ridge Trail – Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

The Meadow Ridge trail in the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve is a wonderful peaceful hike through many different types of areas. From open grass lands to tree covered, shady areas it is a great spring hike.

IMG_3728

When you arrive at the preserve you will find a fairly large parking lot near the main entrance of the community building.

IMG_3724

You will then clearly see the beginning of many different trails and a map of the area. Choose your trail and begin.

IMG_3726

All of this trail is crushed gravel and has fairly decent water runoff considering we hiked it in the beginning of March and it was not too wet at all.

IMG_3738

Being this is a waterfowl preserve, you will come across numerous ponds and a stream,

IMG_3729

IMG_3733

IMG_3736

IMG_3756

many different bird observation areas,

IMG_3741

IMG_3743

and wonderful signs that are clearly marked along each trail.

IMG_3747

IMG_3759

In the spring of the year you may even get lucky and see the Sugar Shack cooking maple syrup like we did.

IMG_3734

IMG_3735

And for all you history buffs, there is also many different informative plaques along the entire trail

IMG_3753

We have visited here in the summer months and found this trail extremely hot and sunny in some parts. And I must inform everyone who dislikes snakes as much as I do, this is not your trail to hike in the heat of summer. There are NUMEROUS snakes and will make for a VERY stressful and terrifying hike. Now, if you enjoy these types of slithering reptiles, you will love this trail in the summer months.

 

 

Feast With The Beast 2015 Recap

Every year for about the past 5 years or so we have an annual date night. A local zoo closes down to the public and hosts Feast With The Beast where area restaurants set up tables and hand out samples from their menus.

IMG_1641

IMG_1910

Upon arrival you receive a map of the zoo telling you where each restaurant is located and what their featured sample(s) are. I wish I could tell you we have a strategy but honestly, we don’t. There is so much food, wine, and beer that no matter where you begin and end you will leave completely full.

IMG_1886The trickiest part of the entire night is holding your plate, eating, and walking all at the same time. Many of the sample tables are set up very close together and the lines move very quickly. So typically, unless you find a spot to put down your plate and enjoy one sample, you find yourself in line for the next before the first is even gone.  IMG_1879

This year there were 47 tables/restaurants offering a sample….many offered two! Some are fancy, newer restaurants in the area

IMG_1891

IMG_1880

and some were well known restaurants serving just some signature dishes.

IMG_1890 IMG_1884 When you find yourself starting to fill up, don’t forget to walk around and enjoy the actual zoo experience while your there. Many of the animals were begging for a taste of what we all had in our hands. I even felt bad for a few, but not bad enough to share anything I had.  IMG_1899

You could also sit and listen to the live music and take a break and then go back to your favorites if you still have the room for a second helping.

IMG_1907For $35 a ticket you can enjoy two hours in a great outdoor setting, eating some fabulous food, try new drinks, all while listening to the very funny comments as guests leave with VERY FULL STOMACHS.  IMG_1896  IMG_1902

My husband swore he was going to have stretch marks on the drive home. HAHAHA. And I over heard another gentleman state that he felt like he was in his third trimester while rubbing his stomach. (If only he knew the truth about what that felt like) So be careful, an event like this could cause some very uncomfortable hours if you over indulge a little too much.

Have you ever gone to an event like this?

Did you like it?