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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Walking at Ward Hills
Today was just too perfect. This afternoon, Maggie and I headed out to do a loop hike that I like. It involves a couple of sand roads, but that's ok. I like it because it takes in the site of the former Ward Hills Fire Tower. If you look carefully, you can see the foundations for two of the legs on the left side of the picture. The tower was taken down long ago. To walk this loop, I park on a sand road called Fox Trail, walk north to 3rd St (sounds fancy, but it's a sand road, too). Turn right and walk till I get to the Fire Tower Road, and turn left. The road climbs and ends where the tower would have been.
The trees have grown up, and there's not really a good view from up there any more. When the leaves come down you can see a line of low hills to the west. Those hills are tree-covered dunes, like the ones I show you when I walk at Nordhouse Dunes. But I can't identify any particular places in this picture.
The color season is going to be over very soon. The leaves are quickly falling off the trees. Many, today, were already bare. But these leaves, on a black oak tree, are still bright.
From the tower hill, to make this loop, I bushwhack to the east for just a short ways. I know just which saddle between the hills to cross, and then I find myself at the North Country Trail. I turn south on it. The trail drops back down to the level of 3rd St. and crosses that. Then there are some gentle ups and downs.
One of my favorite places is a red pine plantation that is down in a hollow to the right of the trail. I think I've taken pictures here every single time I've hiked through here (OK, maybe not quite), but have never gotten the picture I really wanted with the sun through the pines. But this one is close. What do you think?
Just a little farther, and I reach an abandoned woods road, which takes me back out to Fox Trail, and my car. Total length? About 3.5 miles.
Oh, the answer to yesterday's question- How do you find an orange dog? You throw a stick, and then you can see her move! She looks quite vicious here. But I don't think you need to worry unless you are a stick.