We discovered that the park where we are staying has an extensive trail system. I also realized that I haven't really shown you Sunny enjoying site 19 while we've been here. We set out after breakfast to take on the Black Trail, the most difficult in the park. It was 3.5 miles, but we also walked to the beginning and back, so that total walk was about 4.5 miles. Overall, the trail drops 500 feet down the side of Gannett Hill where the park is, and then climbs back up. All of their trails are nicely designed for mountain bikes, so despite the big drop it was not really too difficult to walk. Someone, probably the local mountain bike club, has done extensive stone work across muddy places in the trail. We've seen dozens of chipmunks, but this one agreed to sit still and have his picture taken. After lunch we went to town to get ice. We had to go to Lynnie Lou's for ice cream one more time! Today, I had lime sorbet and Marie had chocolate almond. We've tried new flavors every time. Haven't had a bad one yet, and it's hard to pick a favorite, but I'm chosing Maple Walnut at Shark's Ice Cream, and Marie choses White Mountain Raspberry at Lynnie Lou's. We played some games, and then decided to take another walk before eating again. This time we chose the easiest trail in the park. In one place it went through this shadowy grove of Norway Spruce. We saw this interesting white mushroom. I don't have that field guide with me, so I don't know what it is. The most interesting part was the gills. There was a second one, already broken, so I took pictures of it. I love how creamy it looks. Total hiking today, about 7 miles. I am sorry to say that Marie has to go home tomorrow, but we are going to do one more walk in the morning.
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