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Dallenbach Nature Trail

Dallenbach Nature Trail

In sharp contrast to the showy waterpark it’s tucked behind, Dallenbach Lake is the picture of serenity. From his hand-written welcome note at its start to the densely-educational signs along the path, Eagle Scout Ryan Toa and his Dallenbach Nature Trail will host you (and the busy beavers) graciously. The short path skims the ridge of the lake before looping back through the forest. Along the way, so many sandy or mossy mounds sheltered under pine branches beckon you to perch for a moment and lake gaze.

If you veer into the forest, signs explaining the environment accompany you – all making this point which I presumptively attribute to Ryan as well: “Forests are critically important to human life and the environment in a myriad of ways.”

Easily explored in half and hour – or savored for several – this footpath is as enchanting for the heart as for the eyes. I was feeling delightfully optimistic as I read the final sign before returning to the Nature Center….

“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.”

Gifford Pinchot



The evergreens lining the lakeside ridges bring my wine’s eye to Washington – for a cozy and delicious, black cherry and cedar-inflected Cab.

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