Saturday May 21, 2016 Peacham Bog by Phyllis Rubenstein and Charlene BohlOn Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9 of us hiked to Peacham Bog in Groton State Park, making a 5.4 mile loop. It was a wonderful spring day with just enough black flies to let us know that there would be more to come! The first half of the hike was along a wooded trail. We saw painted trillium and other harbingers of spring. At the bog we saw leather leaf in bloom, Labrador tea and pitcher plants. We at lunch at the viewing spot at the end of the boardwalk, which also has a sign describing how the bog was created and its plant and animal life. The second half of the hike took us along old woods roads. Some of us saw frogs, efts and signs of moose rubbings on a tree. Some of us tasted the root of Indian cucumber and the leaf of trout lily. Yum! There were a few red trilliums in this section of the trail. The return trip was slightly marred by coming upon a father and son doing target practice along a utility road. They kindly stopped their target practice as we passed by. The bog is a true wonder, a place to be visited throughout the year to fully enjoy its beauty.