Today was the day this snapping turtle emerged to welcome spring. It had just climbed up a grassy bank from its overwintering area and was beginning to cross the tow path when we spotted it.
Step by step, it crossed over the path toward the canal.
Bicyclists and hikers stopped to let it go by.
Then it quickly proceeded down a short bank — splash!
The snapping turtle made it to the water and was out of human sight.