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Green Day Hike
March 14, 2020 @ 1:01 am
With our eye on the shamrock, the Green Day Hike is a guided hike at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park! Meet at Cass Visitor’s Center at 1:00 p.m. to set out for a 3-mile round trip on a flat crushed gravel surface. It is easy walking and you’ll be outdoors for about an hour and a half or a little longer depending upon weather conditions. Wear good walking shoes or boots for winter walking.
Led by Park Interpreter Kailey Gibson-Price, the Green Day Hike is open to the public and without fee. Hikers get a Green Day patch at the conclusion of the hike. The patch features a shamrock as we tip our caps to St. Patrick’s Day.
About the patch & the shamrock – Everyone likes a patch. The Green Day Hike patch is a small round, kelly green keepsake with a white embroidered shamrock. The shamrock, a trifolium, is an accepted word from an Irish word for clover.
The characteristic three leaves of clover are also common to the Oxalis genus which includes wood sorrel found across the mountain state. Sorrels are small flowering plants that grow mostly in shady soil of woodland areas, near rocks, on mossy banks. In West Virginia, there are five native Wood Sorrels (Oxalis) listed in the Atlas of Vascular Flora of West Virginia: Slender Yellow, Great Yellow, Yellow, White, and Violet Wood Sorrel. Oxalis comes for the Greek for “sour” and when naturalists or grandparents speak of ‘sour grass’ it is an Oxalis.
Shamrocks are associated with St. Patrick, Irish and other lore and for medicinal purposes. Part of the hike experience is the conversation that mingles a story and plant identification along the trail. The story about the thing itself is often is more memorable or inspiring than the discovery.
The Green Day Hike and patch serves as a reminder of flowers and other vegetation that emerge in late winter to welcome springtime. Participate in a Green Day Hike and have extra fun by wearing green and getting a patch for taking a hike.
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