The amazing trail support from local public agencies

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

When I look back at the history of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, one feature that permeates that history is the positive partnership between the Friends of the Pumpkinvine and the four local public agencies (LPAs) that built and manage the trail now – Goshen Park and Recreation, Elkhart County Parks, Middlebury Parks and the Town of Shipshewana. They have been …

Time to re-enroll in Kroger rewards program

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

As many of you know, The Kroger Community Rewards Program donates a percentage of each gas or grocery purchase to the Friends of the Pumpkinvine when Kroger shoppers pick the Friends of the Pumpkinvine from a list of eligible organizations on the Kroger website. This year, through October 2016, the Friends of the Pumpkinvine had received $563.59 from the Kroger …

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is part of regional active-transportation plan

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

 At the Friends of the Pumpkinvine annual dinner in April, James Turnwald, the executive director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), outlined how the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail fits into the recent trend in transportation planning called “active transportation.”  He defined active transportation as “human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy physical activity while they travel from place to …

2016 Blog statistic

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

I notice from the statistics that Google keeps about this blog that the Friends of the Pumpkinvine have posted only 11 blogs this year, down from

Flashbacks in the Trail Talk Friends of the Pumpkinvine newsletter

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Four years ago I started doing a regular feature in the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Trail Talk newsletter called “Flashbacks,” in which I highlighted something in the history of the Pumpkinvine (trail or Friends) organization that was significant five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago. The purpose of this feature was to remind people of the effort it takes to …

A 80-mile birthday walk ends on the Pumpkinvine

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

A 80-mile birthday walk ends on the Pumpkinvine By B. Harry Dyck An 80th birthday is something special. Considering the longevity of US males is only 76.61 years, I am quite happy to be on the plus side of that rather sobering statistic. One regular activity that has surely contributed to my longevity is walking, an exercise I have now …

Seniors are generous contributors to the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Last fall the Friends of the Pumpkinvine recently sent out a fundraising appeal to close the gap in the Pumpkinvine between CR 33 and CR 20. As responses to that appeal came, I was struck by the unselfish generosity of seniors toward a project that will benefit others much more than themselves. Later I met one of those senior donors …

Sun and shade

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

The temperature today was in the high 80s, so when my wife and I hit the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail around 2 p.m., it was felt oppressively hot. But as soon as we got on the Pumpkinvine at Abshire Park, we were in the shade of the trees that line the trail. It felt like someone had switched on the air …

The variety on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Reading the book, A walk in the woods, by Bill Bryson, I was struck by the comment he made about his walk on the Appalachian Trail, the subject of that book. His comment was that for all the joy the trail gives to hikers, he finds the change of pace that results from leaving the mile-after-mile of wooded trail and going …

Goshen forester enjoys sights, sounds, history of nature

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

[From Goshen News, March 12, 2016] Early this week we were working on the portion of Pumpkinvine Trail that overlooks Butts Lake. The lake is really more of a large marshy pond, with fens of reedy grass throughout. I don’t know whether it actually has its own water source, or whether it is fed by run-off, particularly in the spring …

Pumpkinvine spur to Krider Nursery in Middlebury

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

I just ran across this Pumpkinvine-related photo in a video on the Middlebury town website.  The video shows what a vital part of the Middlebury economy the Krider Nursery was and how important the Pumpkinvine railroad was for shipping nursery stock for the business.  Rex Krider: Introduction to Krider Nurseries and Krider Garden The legend on the bottom left of …