On a whim, Zachary and I went to the Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London today. It is only 12 or so miles from our home. It is one of those neat places that is so close to home, but never go to. A walk in the woods sounded nice.
We took the trail up the hill. The smell of the woods was so refreshing. All along the trail, there were wild blackberries and raspberries ripe for picking. I foraged and feasted all the way. Once on top, we got to see a nice vista. We spied two garter snakes sunning themselves near the lookout. They slithered away too quickly for me to snap their picture.
After reaching the bottom of the hill and wandering on another trail loop, we came across the Butterfly House.
The nature center has a large greenhouse shaped building set up with screened walls and ceiling. Inside, there are flowers planted, hanging baskets, feeders, and other green plants all around for the enjoyment of several species of native butterflies. It is a neat way to get close to them.