|Lunch with some Antitrichia curtipendula|
moss that fell off of a nearby maple tree
I was out celebrating the end of my college studies. It was a bittersweet celebration for me.
After I had gone about 3 mile I remembered that I had also been up half the night with a stomach ache. I then knew that I must be tired and not just hung over, so I wandered off trail until I reached the river and I laid down and had a nap next to a huge clump of moss. Patches was not impressed, she was hungry and she wanted to hike. I fed her a snickers bar and that calmed her down for a few minutes.
I'm not sure if I fell asleep or not but I felt refreshed after my nap, so I suspect I did sleep a little bit. Shortly it started to sprinkle and the forecast was for showers after 11. I checked the time, it was 11:30. I got up and brewed a nice hot cup of tea and enjoyed the river ambiance for a bit. Then I donned full rain gear and headed back for my car.
(Patches not taking a liking to lichens)
I had some fun playing with the saw I found on this trail about two years ago. I cut back a lot of brush that was growing over the trail. The saw sure is sharp. I have a nice cut on my thumb to prove it. The cut is not deep enough for stitches, so no worries.
I walked slowly on the way out taking in the scenery and peering through my hand lens. I was back at my car by about 2:30. There were a lot of blow downs on the trail and a couple of washouts. Some big trees came down and their root balls took the trail with them.
I found half of a trekking pole near the trail.
5 miles with about 500 feet elevation gain
|Antitrichia curtipendula leaf 40x|