Eight people and four dogs headed north from Timber Creek Trailhead on the North Country Trail. As you can see, most of the colors are gone from the trees. Lots of brown crunchiness underneath, though!
After some indecision about plans (should we carpool to the next road and walk back?) we decided to just walk out and back.
The dogs were all decked out in orange because it is small game season, and archery deer season. Most hikers don't have any qualms about sharing the woods with these kinds of hunters. They look at what they are aiming at. In fact, we interacted with a group of guys from North Carolina who had four springer spaniels with them. It was quite a doggy few moments!
We hiked about five miles all together. But my luck on timing ran out. It started to rain with about a mile yet to get back to the trailhead. When we got there, the guys put up a tarp, hauled out some chairs (this was all pre-planned), and made us a dry space. Does this sound a lot like our September meeting in the rain? Well, at least it wasn't raining THAT hard!
It wasn't long until some hot dogs and beans were heating on the camp stove. We enjoyed a hot lunch, looked at pictures from one of the couple's trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and even chatted with the hunters some more.
I did get a few colorful pictures, but I'll save those for tomorrow.
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