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Sunday, October 31, 2010
OK, I confess that I'm trying to find something interesting to talk about. But, this is what I did today, and it brought me a lot of satisfaction, but it's not too picturesque. Ellen and I hiked about 7-8 miles total (we had to go both directions). We had planned to get together, and after the mess I encountered yesterday, I thought I should hike some more of the section I maintain.
We didn't find anything as bad as that maple tree you saw yesterday. This was the messiest. You can see my car behind it. We drove into the trail crossing, about one mile from a seasonal dirt road, on a two-track. It's very narrow, but I know it pretty well, and it gets me to the center of my section.
This picture doesn't look like much, but it has an interesting story. This used to be the kind of thick, mature oak and pine woods that you see so much of in my trail pictures. But in 2006 there was another one of those bad wind storms. That one had several events that are called microbursts. They are small downdrafts of air that are moving about 150 mph, and they will lay down small areas of trees, flat... just like pick-up sticks. The Forest Service authorized some salvage harvesting, so the big trunks were taken out and sold. It looked pretty awful until last year. Now it's starting to look less raw. It actually makes an interesting opening in the usually dense forest.
The temperatures have dropped into the low 50s, but that makes it quite comfortable to do trail work. It sprinkled off and on, but at one time, I looked up, and there was beautiful blue sky!
This was a great way for me to spend Halloween. If you want to know why I'm not a big fan of this holiday, you can read Evolving Feelings Concerning the Celebration of Halloween