Walking the old, Edsel Ford Historic Nature Trails yesterday, I was surprised by a loud, goose-like HONK from about three feet in front of me. Nope, it wasn’t a goose (the trail’s not that wet). It was a baby deer, well camouflaged against the leaves. I never knew deer could make that sound, but I do know how it translates into English — MOM!!! After he took maybe 20-30 seconds to struggle to his feet, he walked, then ran off. Mom never showed up, but I’m sure she was close and keeping an eye on me, but just didn’t consider me a threat.
Unfortunately, it was so hot and humid yesterday, I only stayed out a couple hours. Fortunately, the August heat wave appears to have broken with last night’s thunderstorms, so now maybe we can go back to normal weather. With all the heat and water, though, the poison ivy has exploded throughout the park, with two out of three of the Haven Hill Project team members currently itching.
Two big Haven Hill Project events coming up soon. The Henry Ford/National Forest Service event at Greenfield Village in Dearborn Rob mentioned in the last post, plus a Haven Hill History Hike (without the foot of fresh snow this time) a week later. More details on that hike should be up within the next few days.