|Hiking||6.60 Miles|| || |
|1,315 ft AEG|| || || |
My first real hike of the year since spending four months living in a beach town in Costa Rica, where I didn't get much exercise! It took me awhile to reach the firetower for this reason. (Also I have an infected big toe and a black eye which I got after an argument with my big garbage can which fell on me. Yes, really.) But a couple of small things like that don't keep me from hiking! The first part of the trail is not burned. Then you get into some patchy burning, with a LOT of baby aspens coming up. Just before the big meadow, and from the meadow to the fire tower (which is not on the summit) the fire burned hot. Some places there are few plants coming up so far, but I'm sure that in a year or so that part will be green as well. However even where it seemed that some of the hottest burn occurred, there are aspens coming up sparsely.
It appears to me that the fire will in the long run prove to be very beneficial. There is more food for animals, and there will be quite an amazing addition to the aspen forest, which is so popular in the fall. Aspens grow fairly fast, so we can look forward to this in the coming years.
|There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians|
Steal your face right off your head!