I spent the morning in a cathedral of trees and ferns and frogs and hollers, far south down the Chartiers Valley.
Boyce Mayview park is a kidney bean shaped park that curves around a long bend in Chartiers Creek,
I'd never been to the park, so I walked it in total explorer mode- without looking at a map, exploring it at my leisure for an hour or two, when I finally pulled out my phone, figured out the paths I had taken, and charted a course back towards the car.
My favorite trail was one called the BETWEEN TWO WORLDS trail, which winds along a ridgeline, with an open meadow (old farmland) to the north, and a steep 300ft hillside down to the creek to the south.
In biology, such an area is called an eco-tone - the porous boundary area that is both an overlap and a border between two ecological zones. Ecotones are known for both their biodiversity and bio-abundance. In addition to playing host to species from *both* zones, this double-density of plants and animals often attracts larger herbivores as well as larger predators.
For those with wide-ranging palettes, living BETWEEN TWO WORLDS means being nourished by both.