Friday, March 2, 2012
A Snail's Pace Advised
The fourth and last level of viewing, the one I've hardly ever indulged on this trail, are the above-eye-level views. There are some magnificent old trees along this trail. Some firs and pines with trunks in the 5 - 6 foot diameter range. There are interesting burls and nests overhead. Also, above the little rock faces on the right hand side of the trail, the land slopes steeply upward. That's where I want to explore next time. Many intriguing spots on the slope beg to be approached. There are little rock outcroppings, talus slopes, and other kinds of trees and shrubs, and habitats for other species of plants and small critters. Perhaps I haven't paid much attention to the views overhead because of the danger of falling off the trail. Solution: walk at a snail's pace. Until the snow melts, I'll daydream about the possibilities.