The Downs And Ups Of Fall Hiking.

Good morning everyone on this fall Friday!  See?  I kept it short.  It has been a rather cool and wet fall this year, way below normal for temps.  Not exactly my kind of weather.  But good weather to sit in a nice comfortable chair, wrapped in a blanket, with Muffin curled up beside me, read a good book and drink lots of COFFEE!  Or hot chocolate.  I like hot chocolate but haven’t had any for a long time due to the fact it needs to be lactose free and gluten free.  Not easy to find.  But I finally did.  Mmm, it’s good!  Still, not as good as COFFEE!  Especially in the morning.  I like my morning cup of COFFEE!  We got some snow the other night.  Not something I enjoy seeing this early.  It did melt the next day, though it took a while.  And it turned my deck into solid ice.  After slipping on it 3 times I decided it was time to clean it off and not wait for it to melt.  Sigh.  Speaking of Thanksgiving.  For my readers who are unaware, it is Thanksgiving Day on Monday here in Canada.  So it will be a special ‘musings’ that day.  But to continue.  Dad and I stood there looking over the edge of this rocky hill.  You go first, said Dad.  Naturally.  If Dad decides to fall he will flatten me.  Oh well.  Down I ventured.  Really wasn’t so bad.  Until we came to one part about half way down.  This part might be a bit tricky, said I.  Impossible, said Dad, we’ll have to go back and find a different way.  We can do it, I continued, right over here.  We looked.  Maybe, said Dad, you go first.  Naturally.  If you start to fall just grab that little tree over there, I said.  That little tree is going to stop me?, he questioned.  Sure, it’s probably rooted good, I said.  Anyway, down I went.  Slipped on some moss.  Went down fast.  Grabbed little tree.  Pulled little tree out by the roots.  Kept going down.  Grabbed a larger tree and stopped.  See, nothing to it, I yelled to Dad.  He just looked.  Dad started down slowly.  I think he slipped on the same piece of moss.  Down he came.  Rather fast.  I moved out of the way and yelled, grab that tree.  Guess he didn’t hear me.  The look on his face as he slid past me.  Priceless.  Too bad I didn’t have a camera.  Dad was on his stomach now.  Bad choice.  Now he can’t see where he’s going.  His arms were swinging all over the place.  Probably trying to grab onto something.  Then somehow he got himself turned around and he was going head first.  Definitely not a good thing.  Dad got dizzy easily and that would be an easy way to get dizzy.  Certainly wouldn’t be my choice.  Now he’s sideways.  Oh, oh.  Wham!  I finally made it down to where he was.  Good thing your back pack cushioned you when you hit that tree, I said. Dad looked a bit dazed.  At least we’re nearly at the bottom now, I continued.  Dad just looked.  Once at the bottom there was this creek.  Looked smaller from up there, I said. Right, said Dad.  There’s an old log across the creek we can use, I said.  Dad looked at it. Looks solid enough, he said, you go first.  Naturally.  It was only about 6 feet wide and the water didn’t look deep anyway.  That pileated woodpecker followed us and was hammering away at the base of another tree.  A little squirrel was scurrying around looking for his food as well.  Then he spotted us and quickly ran up a tree and chattered.

This is a recent pic of LB taken a couple days ago.

Should have brought some peanuts for him.  Then there was a fox sparrow on the other side of the creek scratching among the leaves.  That’s one of my favorite sparrows.  Also the largest we have in this area.

Fox sparrow 1
This pic of the fox sparrow was taken earlier this spring. They can be quite shy so it’s hard to get a good pic of them.

I was a bit nervous about this old log.  Get going, said Dad, it’s safe.  He had a smile on his face as he said that.  Off I went.  No problem.  Dad made it across as well.  Amazing.  He actually didn’t get wet this time.  Once across we then had to climb another hill to get up to the tracks.  Only about 20 feet, but very steep. Dad started to slip.  But he managed to grab a small shrub.  AAAAAAAA!!!!!  Guess he grabbed a rose bush.  Those wild rose bushes are just absolutely covered with small thorns.  Not fun.  After arriving onto the tracks we walked just a bit more up onto a small rocky hill.  It was in the sun, facing south, a nice warm spot to have a snack and nice, hot COFFEE!  It’s still raining.  Supposed to snow tonight.  Again.  This is way too early for snow.  Sigh.  Our hike is not over yet.  More to come.  Hope you all enjoy your weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

The pic at the top is not mine.

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