Stay-Go-Be-Do #6

Post 38/2020 Saturday 28 November . . . Tired of photos of leaves, trees, fields and forests? Ha, ha. I’ve another batch to make you yawn. Ha, ha. Or wake you up. Ha, ha. A relative often ended his sentences with, “Ha, ha, by golly!” Oh, Clayton, I remember your gregarious and infectious mannerisms well. Long may memory last. As you would have said, “Ha, ha, ha, by golly!”

Let’s go for a tromp through woods and along river.

One of the paths through the Dr. Larry L. Beachy Classified Forest in the City of Goshen.

May our memories of fall 2020 draw us to love and care for the environment, for wild things, for clean air and pure water, for patience, for times past, for my bit in improving the present, even so, as my Dove chocolate wrapper notes, “Celebrate the season with love.” May these photos bring a smile to your virtuously masked face. Ha, ha, ha.

This woods of 17 acres is located downstream from the Goshen Dam between the Elkhart River and the Millrace Canal. The plaque on the rock reads, “To Commemorate / The Honorable Ralph Schenk / Who served as Mayor of the City of Goshen / from 1964 through 1975 / For his outstanding leadership and vision in acquiring the Millrace for the perpetual enjoyment of the citizens of Goshen.”
Goshen Dam on the Elkhart River
Entry to Shoup-Parsons Woods
I don’t know anything about this memento lodged among a cluster of trees, other than it brought a twinkle to our wondering eyes.
The woods lies in the floodplain of the Elkhart River.
The Shoup-Parsons Woods is a mere mile and a half from our front door. A foot/bike path takes us through Goshen College, past Goshen Hospital and Goshen millpond.

Another forest in Goshen

I’m impressed with the access to the natural world offered within the City of Goshen. That’s because the Parks Department manages a goodly part of the floodway and related public areas along the Elkhart River. The Beachy Classified Forest covers 34.5 acres and includes 23 species of trees.

What amidst the forest’s effluvia could treat one to anything more delightful than the sight, scent and cushion of pine.
The brick walk indicates that this area of the Beachy Classified Forest at one time had dwellings. A few other areas, too, show signs of domestic use. I found a fine oral history online conducted with Beachy in September 2019 by the Goshen Guide and the Community Resilience Guild.
Once a working hinge, now an artifact or relic of an earlier time.
Looks like the city is installing a boardwalk over a sometimes wet area in the forest.

A little farm

The Beachy Forest spills out onto a farmette, featuring a poultry band and a few cattle.
We saw one Guinea hen among the chickens and roosters.
Free range, for sure.
A pair of mallards in the Millrace Canal, the canal that once powered a variety of mills.

Wintry countryside

Home

Tiresome at times

Our friend Oscar, who lives in an assisted living facility in Chicago, in a recent phone call, lamented that the inability “to go outside at one’s will gets tiresome at times.” It surely does. Yet, Oscar, like other forward-looking people, asserts that even as our individual liberties are constrained in this global pandemic we can do no better than earnestly look out for both our own and others best welfare. Today’s collective urgency drives all of us to, as many did at Thanksgiving, skip just one holiday to enjoy less tiresome times ahead.

-John

10 thoughts on “Stay-Go-Be-Do #6

  1. My goodness, as your pictures show, you have nature at your doorstep and so many paths to discover. It’s amazing what we can find and experience outdoors right close to home. There’s always birds flying and tweeting and today I saw the evidence of beavers chewing on the trees by the pond close by. There’s always something to be grateful for during this pandemic.
    Kaye

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  2. Thanks for all the photos: Ha, Ha, Ha, by golly!

    Monty

    May the God of Wonder be with you, delighting you with the beauty of sunrise and the majesty of sunset, with the song of the bird and the fragrance of the flower.

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  3. Where does one access the Larry L Beachy Classified Forest? Does ‘Classified’ mean the trees are identified? Always enjoy seeing where you’ve been trekking!

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    1. Easy to find from the Reith Nature Center off Plymouth (SR 119). Classified means that the area had to be clear cut and new trees planted. Done in the early 1970s. We do enjoy finding these areas. Maybe even good for when the snow flies.

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    1. Ah, the wonders they are to behold, by golly. We got a good taste of the forests in Washington State, including the walk from your house to town. Wonderful!

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