Enjoying a day out in Siouxland, Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek

21 Nov

A trail wanders through the prairie and woods at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A ridge trail leading out from the Welcome Lodge at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

On a recent pleasant fall day I took another trip down to the Hitchcock Nature Center in southern Siouxland. It’s a very nice park with trails and a board walk for those with difficulty walking. The fall colors had pretty much passed, but still, fresh air and a chance to enjoy the outdoors was pleasant enticement.

Fall foliage dots the woods even on a grey day at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

An all accessible boardwalk at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I walked a couple trails I had not previously done and enjoyed a different view and was rewarded with a fire pit and shelter that looked inviting for camping guests.

“Two paths diverge in a wood…. and I…..” as a choice needs to be made at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Some hike-in camping sites and a fire pit sits in the woods at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I also noticed that people were again doing a migratory bird count from a watchtower next to the park’s lodge. It gives a nice view above the tree line into the surrounding countryside. I also noticed that while some of the spring’s flood water has receded from surrounding areas and farm fields, the area was not back to normal as attempted high water flow coming from the Missouri River is still ever present with the possibility of more flooding.

Researches stand in the watchtower counting fall bird migration at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Water still stands in nearby fields along Interstate 29, flooding which first began in the spring from overflow from the Missouri River seen from the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Maybe if this year’s winter has some milder days, it might be possible to get back out and enjoy a different look at the park without biting winds. Snow is good, but windchill and temperatures dipping below 0 degrees, not so much.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A bench awaits those wanting a brief or long respite before continuing along a trail at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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