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Gorgeous spring hike

I'm fortunate enough to live in an area with beautiful natures all around. I started my morning with a hike in the state park woods (which is empty Mondays through Thursdays, so it's not only pretty but serene) and opted to take a mountain bike trail, just for the heck of it. It was just right: challenging, hilly, a good workout, but not too long.

As I walked back to my car, I decided to take a map with me and mark what I'd walked. And then it occurred to me I could try to fill up that whole map by, say, the end of June.

Some of the trails might take me 4-5 hours to walk...something to work up to!

I didn't see any exciting wildlife today, but there were a few flowers blooming I'd never seen before, and probably 5 different kinds of butterflies. (Hm, I wish I had a butterfly field guide...)


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May. 24th, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Do you take a digital camera with you? Although I live in St Paul, I often visit in Wisconsin. I even keep my scooter over there (because it would get trashed or stolen in the cities), and I often travel the back roads with the camera.

I never get tired of the peace and quiet over there. It's not unheard of for me to ride for two or three hours and not see a single person. Cows, horses, chickens, sure, but no people. It's great.
May. 24th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
The camera seems cumbersome but I might start taking my new iPod along. There's a camera in it...I should probably get used to using it.
May. 24th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
My daughter has an iPod and she uses the camera all the time. It's an excellent camera, very quick. She takes photos of her friend bouncing on the trampoline, and the friend is suspended in mid air, and very much in focus. That's how quick it is.
May. 24th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
This makes me excited to try it. All the reviews I read complained about the camera (you know how people who write reviews complain about everything) so I wasn't eager to use it. I also just bought a bird/butterfly field guide for it. Yay!
May. 25th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
Excellent. I just hope that now I've made the camera sound awesome, and I think that it is, that the cameras don't differ depending on which iPod you have... I didn't think of that when I gave it such a glowing review. I just know that my Olympus digital 'super dooper can be used underwater and won't break if you drop it' camera isn't as quick as her iPod one.
May. 25th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
It can't hurt to try it out! Plus now I have a bird/butterfly field guide on there.
May. 24th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun! I need a walking partner so i can do some of the trails around here.
May. 24th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Some of my water aerobics friends are going to start walking with me in June. I suspect we're sticking to basic trails so we can gossip while we walk.
May. 24th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
May. 24th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely.
All I have are suburban streets. Hard on feet and not mega-interesting. And there's always a shop where you can buy fatty snacks, so your walk, while nice, becomes pointless as a weight loss exercise.
May. 24th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
I've never lived in a suburb, oddly enough.
May. 24th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Would love to see photos of your wild terrain. I live south of the Florida capital on ten acres of woodlands (mostly oak, beech and magnolia) with plenty of small wildlife (fox, deer, raccoon, armadillo, owls, and plenty of snakes). I do a lot of walking around my area - gets the ideas flowing.
May. 24th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
My photos often don't look like much of anything, even when the scene seems really interesting to me looking at it with my eyes. I think the brain "fills in" a lot of stuff (shape, depth of field, relationships between objects) that doesn't translate well to a still image.

I walked through some interesting waist-high ferns today. They were so big! There are lots of hardwood trees here, some conifers. Deer, fox, rabbits, turkeys, hawks, sometimes frogs, sometimes snakes. I did see a cardinal today.

The weirdest creature I ever saw in the woods was a wolverine. I didn't even know what it was until I came home and looked it up. That was at a park about an hour away though.
Amanda Corlies
May. 24th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, getting back to nature. I love it. Reminder to self: butterfly field guide for Jordan's Christmas gift. LOL! Sounds like a wonderful day. I'm very jealous that you saw a wolverine, BTW. They are not something most people spot. Like, ever. Very secretive, but also not one to be trifled with. Anyway, happy trail hiking. I like the idea of hitting the whole map by the end of the summer. Wish I could join you. XOXO
May. 24th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
It was a very cool setting, there was a natural bridge in this park and I was looking up at it...and went "What the heck is THAT???" It definitely was not something you would mess with.

I got that butterfly field guide for my iPod so I can take pictures and look them up. There's even a spot that reports your sightings to the Audubon Society. YAY. New hobby! (I'm in the market for a spider field guide. Evidently I don't even need to leave the house for Adventures in Arachnids.)
May. 25th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great way to start the morning. :)
May. 25th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
It really was. Hopefully with the map idea I'll be motivated to keep up with it.
May. 26th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
that sounds glorious - and like a really good plan :D
May. 28th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
I hit a little snag with a suddenly-not-mowed section of the trail today. Erk.
May. 29th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I am very envious. While I love where I live, I really miss nature and the majority of my family's vacations are to Wisconsin and Northenr Wisconsin - so we can hike. Enjoy those morning hikes! I used to live in New Mexico and I hiked in the mountains every morning, it is one of my fondest memories. :)
May. 29th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I think I am content to be opposite what I used to be. I used to live in the inner city and see nature rarely. Now I live in a rural small town and see cities occasionally.
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