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Monday, March 22, 2010
The Good/Bad News- No Rain
I spent half the day writing a submission to Unsent Letters, and even though it was nothing sad, it was emotional enough that I really needed to go for a hike. All the rain that was predicted for the weekend never materialized. That meant that I could head for the woods. But we better get some rain here soon, or the grass fires will be popping up all over.
Maggie and I headed for a section of the North Country Trail south of Bowman Lake. You have to understand that this is my very least favorite time of year to hike. Everything is brown and gray. Nothing in the woods is pushing up green shoots yet. There aren't going to be any fantastic pictures today. But the trail does cross this small un-named creek. I noticed on the map today that the creek comes from a small pond that shows on the map. I think that exploring that could be fun, and it's all National Forest property so I won't be trespassing!
This was kind of interesting. There was just one fairly large burned-out stump here. Some parts of the tree were nearby, also burned. But none of the surrounding trees showed any evidence of fire. I wonder if it was struck by lightning and was gutted, then burned itself out.
This is about the prettiest picture from the walk. It's a small wetland that stays wet all year long, so our trail chapter put in a log bridge so you can get across the area. With the reflections, and some blue sky, it's not bad.
Anyway, we walked about 6 miles. The temperature was perfect- about 50 degrees. The sun was shining! I cleared a lot of brush from the trail and a lot of cobwebs from my brain.