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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tempt Your Sense of Exploration

Ellen and I are trying to get back to our excellent adventures. She was gone a lot this winter (to India, actually!), but now she's back in the groove.

Today I'll give you the weirdness, tomorrow the nature. Here's a small piece of the map of the White River Semi-Primitive Area where we went. This is a large section of the Manistee National Forest, about five miles on a side. Its the same area where I helped with the Karner Blue Butterfly survey last summer.

First, note the star and the red line. We put the car where the star is, and walked the red line, about 5 miles. Ellen brought us each a Dove candy for dessert, and this wrapper was as good as a fortune cookie. It reads "Tempt your sense of exploration." We sure did.

Dove Wrapper and map

Have you ever been hiking, and needed a latrine really bad? Some of us are comfortable finding a place to go in the woods, but it you aren't... well... someone has provided you with a handy trailside commode.

Don't ask me why. I'm only reporting. "Just the facts, ma'am."

You might note that the chamber pot for collections is well-aerated. I guess that prevents it from getting overfull. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm making this up as I go. But no photoshopping was involved. The latrine really was out there. (I did not check to see if it had actually been used.)

odd latrine

But this wasn't the weirdest. We progressed to:

skull and crossbones

What? Well, what can I say? We found the grove of killer trees. You thought that only happened in fairy tales? Maybe, but this is the era of regulated labeling, the information age, you know...

killer trees tape

And Lin thought she lived in Weirdville. Sorry, Lin. I'm placing my bet that I've out weirded you today, sight unseen.

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David Norris said...

Looked like the portable potty our kids used on camping trips. We had a tarp in front of ours though for privacy.

vanilla said...

Too funny; except for the five mile hike, of course. Humor in the Northwoods.
Lin may live in Weirdville, you have discovered Weird Forest.

Great expression on the face of the beautiful lady holding the banner!

spinninglovelydays said...

Now, I'd love to learn the story behind both the commode and the killer trees :)

Reena said...

HaHa ... love that latrine!

Sharkbytes said...

David- well, if it had been somewhere sensible I might have believed that it was real, but it wasn't at a campsite, just out along the trail!

vanilla- Maybe there was a typo on the map, and it should be "Weird River" (no exterior beauty here, but I'm comfortable in my skin)

Ivy- I really think I have to ask the Forest Service about the Killer Tree tape

Ro- so classy, don't you think?

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I think that was a baby killer tree. I'd look behind your shoulder there.


Lin said...

Oh my GOSH!! That is hilarious!! I can't believe you found all that weirdness out in the woods. It's Spring Break, you know, and the inhabitants of Weirdville like to go on vacation--I'm guessing they were up by you!!

Did you see that I wrote on Vanilla's blog today, thinking it was you who posted turtles for me?? I'm losing it. Go over there and read the comment--you'll laugh at my stupidity. But it was a nice comment!

I'm such a dork.

Jackie said...

I would say more but I am laughing too hard!!LOL:-)))))

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