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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Uneven but Sunny

  Loren and I took a hike on the North Country Trail. It wasn't as difficult as the icy trail at the state park on Tuesday, but the packed trail was really uneven. It was a joint-jarring walk. But... the sun was shining and the temperature climbed above freezing. All good! sun through pine trees

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. blue sky through oak branches

This strange linear burl seems to have all kinds of protuberances. Looks like some sort of spiny animal crawling up the tree.
burl


I know it's not much color, but the lichen and moss mingling on this tree are at least not brown and gray. lichen and moss

Who made these little tracks? dog tracks

Dear little Koa, of course! She's always an enthusiastic hiker. black cockapoo

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.

See Icy and Windy

4 comments:

Ann said...

Love seeing blue skies.
Koa is so adorable.

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- true enough on both points.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Charlee: "Hello Koa! We like your coat!"
Chaplin: "We think Dennis used to have a coat like that!"

Sharkbytes said...

Charlee and Chaplin- I'm sure Koa would say hello back, she's not much bigger than you are.

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