My walk through the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve began with the 20 minute walk from the dining hall, through Main building, and down Raymond to the road leading into the main Vassar farm. Since my ankle was hurting, it took longer than usual, but it was around four o’clock and the sun was at its brightest in the early evening sky. The sky was a saturated baby blue, and the sun was shining through the trees, capturing their shadows on the ground. After walking past Skinner Hall, my friend and I tried to cross the road, but the crosswalk was broken. We did not know at first until it did not make any noises when we pressed the button. A few cars and a jogger passed on the other side of the street, and we decided to run across. As we made our way towards the farm, the chilly air and partially melted snow took over the area. I had originally planned to walk around the main farm and back further than usual, but my friend pointed out a sign for a different trail called “Swain Trail.” It was off to the right, directly before the above bridge. Dappled with sunlight and mostly clear of snow, we decided to veer off and take this route.
When turning right, the sun flowed into my eyes. I first noticed that the early part of the trail was meant to trace around a large pond. For as far as I could see, shrubbery and small bushes lined the right side of the trail. As there had been a snow day a few days before, the lake was partially frozen with a thin sheet of ice coating it. As we began to walk along the trail, I found myself looking at the pond more than at the ground. The first part of the trail was made up of small stones mixed with grass and a little bit of snow off to one side of the trail. It was thin and manicured- it consisted of ample walking space, and nothing obscured it. We continued to curve around the lake, surrounded by the low shrubbery and high cattails.