A quiet place to swim

Though I didn’t swim today because the water is cold and I didn’t feel like putting on my wet-suit, this small patch of beach on the south end of North Beach is one of my favorite places to swim in Burlington. It’s really easy to get to. I simply ride my bike down the hill until I get to the waterfront bike path, and then I follow the path north until I reach my beach. It was a bit chilly today at 3:30 pm – around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It was overcast, and I couldn’t see all the way to the other side of the lake like I can on a clear day. There was a slight breeze, but the water was calm. The leaves are changing colors now, and some are beginning to drop onto the ground, joining the significant amount of garbage and driftwood that litter the beach. I intend to clean this place up over the next few weeks.

The most common woody species there are:

Eastern Cottonwood

Northern White Cedar





There were a few species that I didn’t recognize, including one tree that was clearly a maple, but grew sort of like a Boxelder – with many trunks growing from the same area. The leaves resembled those of a sugar maple, and were turning a beautiful shade of red. There were a few shrubs that I didn’t recognize either, and I will work to figure out what these are.

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