Day 629 - M

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

Albert Einstein


My mantra. Seems I can find a way to fix every single problem or challenge that faces me after a good long hike in the solitary woods with my wonderful best friend Jetta. In my life, all calamities of the day can be vanquished on the trail.


What a day!!!!! Gorgeous weather, one of those days when you're simply overjoyed just to be alive to see it. Oh my's been SO long since we've been able to get out on the trail, but today was the day. We did it. There was quite a bit of debris on the trail that I picked up along the way. Got it all cleared off and ready for some serious hikes. Every time we hit the trail, there some kind of adventure or discovery. Today I saw something I've never seen before in the woods. There were 3-4 places where the woods had actually burned. The leaves were burned, one tree base was charred too. There was no sign or evidence that man had been there. This trail is pure wilderness - no humans have access to it. Just burnt leaves, charred dirt, but nothing was disturbed. As I looked up, the branches directly above my head were white with what I thought at first, were some kind of mold spores. But....the closer I looked at the branches, I saw the 'white' begin to move. There were millions of white aphids, so many of them that these areas of the branch were not visible - all you could see was solid white. These aphids were present above every single burnt, charred area. So strange. I can only conclude that these were lightning strikes, but they looked so fresh. We had hard rain yesterday, but the ashes in these areas looked fresh - not as if they had been exposed to water. Very, very odd. Another mystery of the forest. And the white aphids?? Why were they swarming on the branches overhanging these charred areas?? I just find the forest to be a place of absolute wonder. So many interesting things to see. We also saw a painted turtle burrowed into the leaves. Lots of evidence of coyotes too. Pretty close by.

The most mileage ever:

10.83 miles!!!!!!!!

ST: core; lower body

A big thanks for stopping by today if you had time. Hope your Friday was a curiosity too!! emoticon emoticon
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    Oh that's odd. Thanks for sharing! Warm weather's back next week...but it sure was great to get so much done in the cool!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!
    1679 days ago
    I can't wait for the weather to cool enough, and our schedule to allow time for, a hike! I love being outdoors in the fall.
    1679 days ago
    If these are your woods, you might want to call your extension agent because it could be an infestation of some kind of scale insect that can spread. The agent will know what you can do to stop it and then protect your woods. If it was at the state park, be sure to let DNR know so they can keep an eye on it.

    I went into our woods Friday night too....we picked 1/2 dozen ripe pawpaws before the critters get them.
    1680 days ago
    Probably because not enough rain to wash them away. Enjoyed your walk.
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    emoticon Unless we get Indian Summer, fall is here to stay!
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