Ahhh... Sunday morning. The birds are chirping, wind is whistling through the trees. A beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. After a long week of planning and contemplating, it's a good day for a day trip. Around 9:00 you pack up the kids and head to Lake Cattail State Park. The park is only a mile away, just across the river from the cottages of Lake Cattail township. After passing by some farms and plenty of trees, you finally get to a toll both, where the passes are sold. You pull up to a parking lot, where there is a small nature center and a blind.
You then grab a visitors map. The map outlines all of the trails and points of interest in the large park.
Right next to the park is the massive Redwood-Sequoia National Wildlife Reserve, that is the largest wildlife reserve in the entire country, almost 150,000 square miles worth of land. The very northern tip of the reserve touches the state park, and recently that northern section has gotten big plans. In the land within 5 miles of the state park, trails are being planned, some longer than 10 miles. At the eastern end, camping parks are planned. The trails and camping areas will draw thousands to the area, and will make the area a tourist haven.
Anyway, you spend the afternoon lazily at the beach, where the waters are surprisingly warm.
Later, the kids are bored, and the park is still unexplored. You dry off, and grab the water bottles from the car. You are set to go hiking the trails of the park, and see the amazing scenery Lake Cattail State Park has to offer. First Trail: Cattail Creek Trail, a small tributary that drains from none other than Lake Cattail.
Cattail Creek Trail:
Finally, you reach the end. Lake Cattail is a beautiful sight. The water slowly trickles down from a spring, into the lake. From there, the water goes gushing down Cattail Falls, and the fast flowing creek starts. The water's clear enough to go swimming, but there's more to see.
After you walk back, you start the journey up Mt. Calgary Trail. Mt.Calgary is the tallest mountain in the region, and you can see for miles and miles at the summit. It's a long walk though.
As the sun fades away, you head back down the trail. The day trip was a fun distraction from the long, sometimes boring Sunday, but it's time to go home.
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