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Saturday, October 22, 2016


Yikes! I was going to do a post about my gear, but I just woke up and now must GO to meet my ride to spot my car for the hike! Se you in a couple days!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Sad Little Story in the Cemetery

I was walking through the cemetery trying to look at some of the stones I don't easily see from the path. I saw this small stone. Another sad story of a stillborn baby or one that only lived a few hours. The date is June 8, 1932.

grave marker

I looked a few feet beyond this one. Oddly, not in the same row, but one farther over, and thought my eyes had played a trick on me by duplicating the stone just seen. Then I read the inscription. Same date, same last name. Little girl twins. Don't you wish you knew the story behind the bare details carved here?

grave marker

I'm off to work in a couple hours. Then a good sleep and I head for the woods!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Serene or Spooky?

I often walk through the cemetery next to us. I particularly liked the late afternoon light. How does this make you feel?


I have all my food ready for the short backpacking trip, and am checking in my gear.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hunting for Little Gems

Went out with the goal of finding some small beauties and came home with these.

A tiny perfect mushroom. It almost looks as if it's made of frosting and just planted there in the pine needles. (Don't sample, though. I'm pretty sure it's the poisonous Yellow Patches.)

yellow patches button

One Norway Maple leaf trying to look colorful and include all the shades of fall, all by itself.

Norway Maple leaf

In other news, yes, I'm going on a short backpack. Only two days- but I still have to have all the right stuff. I'm madly checking gear and getting my food ready. Today I walked about 3/4 mile with 37 pounds packed badly. I just threw some stuff in the pack to give me weight. It wasn't good. I could probably do the hike with that, but would come back very sore. I'm hoping to only carry about 30 and I think I can pare things down to that, but I have to be prepared for nights in the high 30s, so that will add a couple of pounds.

So excited when it all fell together last night that I couldn't get to sleep!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Where's the Color?

You may be wondering why I haven't been bringing you glorious pictures of autumn colors this year. Answer- because we haven't really had much color.

But thanks to some late afternoon sun I can finally present a couple of nice pictures. The first is the street on the way to bell choir practice.

fall colors

The second is the white birch beside my house. You can easily tell that's mostly an alpenglow effect, since the white pine (which is green) behind it is golden too.

fall colors

We'll see what happens this next week, or if we are just going to go immediately to brown November.

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