The sky became that brilliant shade of blue that just amazes me every time I see it. The gnarly oak branches are a nice contrast.
This strange linear burl seems to have all kinds of protuberances. Looks like some sort of spiny animal crawling up the tree.
I know it's not much color, but the lichen and moss mingling on this tree are at least not brown and gray.
Who made these little tracks?
Dear little Koa, of course! She's always an enthusiastic hiker.
We managed to walk outbound 2.6 miles before the trail became just postholes through an icy crust. Then it was no fun any more, and we turned around. But it was enough.
NCT Hike 100 Challenge for 2021 is at 78 miles.
North Country Trail, Lake County, MI, Freesoil Trailhead south 2.6 miles and back. Total 5.2 miles.
In other news: I continued to work on editing.
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