The morning was cool, but the sun was shining and there was a nice breeze. We started from the parking lot on the trail to the fire tower which we could climb and maybe see a couple of states away if it were clear.
The trail was wide and gentle with trees and little underbrush to the sides. Everyone had a spring in their step as we started our hike.
|We saw wildflowers.|
and a woodpecker tree.
|and cairns that marked the trail.|
As the trail got steeper, we hiked over flowing tree roots and rocks.
|Eventually we made it to the fire tower. Ward took these pictures from the top. I only made it to the first level because the tower seemed too rickety for me to go any higher.|
While Ward, Wally, and Theo were climbing the tower, I talked to a person who lived in the area. She told me about another ridge close by that had a great view and was well worth the hike if we had another hour to spare. She gave simple directions to find the ridge as well as directions from there back to the parking lot.
So we were off.
|Our first landmark was a pond which we found with no problem. But then our troubles began.|
|It turns out that there were many trails near the pond Almost as many as the ubiquitous blueberries we saw. After some discussion, we chose what we thought was the right one.|
|Eventually, we saw another cairn which meant we were back in "trail civilization". And it was a good thing too because I was getting pretty cranky from the wandering among the rocks and bugs. All the while my pace was getting slower and slower.|