10-19-19 Parsons-Bowl Research Natural Area

Ed Parsons next to an old hemlock in the virgin Bowl Research Natural Area. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Wednesday morning, we wanted to get one last foliage hike before the heavy rain came that night, knocking a lot of the leaves down. We decided on the Bowl Research Natural Area in the Sandwich Range.

That may seem like an unconventional choice. But lingering in a virgin forest at the height of a banner foliage year, where there are many trees up to 400 years old, sounded like a good idea. It was.

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