The weather was quite beautiful here on Monday. I had the day off, so after assorted errands and chores in the morning I headed to a local conservation area for a walk. It appeared that others decided to take advantage of the weather, too, as the small parking lot at the trail head (which accommodates around a dozen cars) was full. So much for my peaceful nature walk.
There are two ways to reach Woodard Bay from the parking lot: a straight-shot down a paved road (limited to foot traffic only) or a nature trail through the woods, which meets up with the road shortly before the bay (and adds about a mile to the walk). Obviously I selected the nature trail. Obviously.
I expected the trail to be littered with noisy people, but, to my surprise, it was empty. Absolutely empty. Pleased, I took my time. Sunlight filtered through the trees off-and-on. Cobwebs shone in their rays. Birds twittered here and there, but otherwise I was surrounded by silence.