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One last Communion with Fall near Siouxland, Hitchcock Nature Center

4 Nov

I’ve only visited Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawattamie County just south of Siouxland once before. But it’s a very nice park of just over 1,200 acres situated in the Loess Hills of western Iowa.

A view of the surrounding countryside from a tower at the lodge atHitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The lodge and lookout tower sits on a hill for excellent views at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie COunty near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It has a number of trails and a lodge that sits atop a hill and looks out over the surrounding area. There is also a watch tower at the lodge we allows birders to track the various migration periods when the birds are heading either north or south, depending on the season. The one aspect of the park I like is the elevated board walk which allows some accessibility to those with wheelchairs or walkers to “get into the woods” for a quarter mile or so with stops along the way and picnic tables for those who pack a lunch or want to stay a bit and enjoy the quietude and nature.

Part of an elevated board walk trail at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

An elevated nature trail at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It’s just a nice way to spend part of a day putting aside the daily rush of events and happenings and imagining what the area must have looked like to explorers and first settlers when the prairie grass still covered a large portion of land before farming began. And it’s nice to know they are concerned enough citizens who have the foresight to set aside parcels of land for others to enjoy and for future generations as well as themselves. A place to reset one’s thoughts and take a pause in life.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A valley and farmsteads below a hilltop at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Sunshine after a number of days of rainy fall weather made leaves almost sparkle at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A view from an elevated board walk trail at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawatamie County near Honey Creek, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 16 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Getting into Nature in Siouxland, Hitchcock Nature Center

5 Jan

I traveled to a nature center last fall that I had not visited previously in or near Siouxland, The Hitchcock Nature Center in Pottawattamie County.

A nature walk for the ambulatory and nonambulatory at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An observatory above the lodge gives a great view of the surrounding area at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

There is a very nice board walking trail that is easily accessible for everyone. And it’s shaded which is even nicer on those hot Iowan days, be it summer or later. At a lodge there is a watch tower where anyone, but especially birders, can enjoy seeing above the treetops which allows folk to look for their favorite flying species, except maybe for Flying Monkeys. Dorothy wasn’t there the day I visited.

A shaded nature walk for the ambulatory and nonambulatory at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

An observatory above the lodge gives a great view of the surrounding area at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The center makes a nice day out. It is not that far north of Council Bluffs where one can explore a variety of eateries and sights as well and make a day of it. Once the weather warms a bit I would like to venture there again and spend a little more time hiking just to enjoy nature and a little fresh air. Spring is a way off, but that gives plenty of time to plan.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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