Saturday, I took a 3 hour break from family life and went on a guided hike. Although, I know these trails better than the back of my hand, I always learn something new by being led by our fearless leader Brittany (the state park's naturalist and historian).
As always, click on any picture for full-size and slideshow.
|one of my favorite things about hiking is the gnarled, twisted wood and roots. especially visible in the winter.|
|sweet birch. Identifed by the ringed trunk and it's penchant for growing out of rocks. Scrape a twig and chew on it for fresh wintergreen taste|
|a very mature sweet birch|
|at the quarry where the boys of the CCC got the rocks for many pavilions and houses within and near the state park.|
|lost falls (although I always find it)|
|laurel falls- can never seem to find this one on my own.|
|planted firmly, standing tall|
|west fork of little river from above.|
A little less than 7 miles, 18,886 steps. Returned home for family fun with movies, hanging out and eating delicious meals. Awesome day.