So away we go and a typical trip unfolded. First of all, the one place on the trip I wasn't sure where to turn- Bristol Street in Middlebury- was the only place WITH NO STREET SIGN. I don't know why, but this happens on each and every trip we take. Luckily, I comb google maps the night before a trip, and remembered it connectted to the street we were on at an angle, or we'd have never found the place. Middlebury- FAIL.
Then we get to the Mill, which is a county park.
|The first thing we saw was a neat little herb garden.|
|The grasshopper was a common theme.|
|They also had a Dahlia display garden.|
We went over to the gift shop next. Of course, it too was closed- I guess Elkhart County was having a "make the tourists think it's Tuesday" day, which didn't really strike me as a real profitable idea.
So, we grabbed a handy-dandy trail map, and off we went.
|Damn anti-social cardinals- always with the back to you!|
|The bridge to BFE.|
To make the experience truly OUR experience, the map was missing trails we found, included one huge trail loop that was in a campground and no longer part of the park, and another trail that was no longer in use (and I'm guessing hadn't been in a while ) because of a bridge out. If I was running a park I'd put up a sign that said "maps somewhat outdated"... or a few more signs on the trails... or, in the case of the bridge out, put the sign on the side YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET DOWN, instead of all the way of the end of the part of the trail that has been ABANDONED. But, that's just me.
All in all, that's a resounding pass for Mother Nature, a big bad Fail for the gift shop, map maker (or updater), and mill. But it was nice in the respect we came for- a nice walk.