The following account is a faithful narrative of a recent family hike through the Eales Nature Preserve. The preserve boasts one of the best kept heath barrens in the North East, tended with controlled fires to safeguard its particular habitat from tree growth. Some of the interesting plant life includes pitch pine trees, blueberry and huckleberry bushes, and lots of wildflowers. Because the barren is a great place for low growing shrubbery, it is a perfect home for birds, moths, butterflies, deer and bears.
This hike will be forever remembered, not only because the 4 Ruiz's were all together again, but because it included a thrilling black bear sighting, and ended with a thunderous downpour of some of the largest raindrops on the East Coast.