Thursday, June 27, 2013

Homer's Eveline State Park: A Walk on the Wildflower Side

A scenic, twenty minute drive from my home takes me further out east end road, passing amazing views of glaciers and the Kenai mountains, and leading to Eveline State Park, a local gem that even many locals don't know about or make the effort to explore because of its distance from town.

In the winter, this area offers miles of fabulous cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmachining.

But for today and through the fall, acre upon acre of brightly-colored wildflowers burst through the tall, green grasses, including pushki, devil's club, chocolate lily, stargazer, wild geranium, lupine, fireweed, indian paintbrush and Alaska's state flower, the forget-me-not.

From the tantalizing splashes of color that dot the horizon, to the echoing, haunting calls of the robin, sandhill crane, raven, snipe and other woodland birds, Eveline State Park is a feast for the senses and a delightful place to spend an hour or an afternoon, walking the trails, cloaked in silence.

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