Started about 9:30am. Last year I headed in early. It was nice just to experience some good ol' fashion Autumn without shivering.
Below the Telephone Tr junction the trees have lost all their leaves. Above the junction it's crunchy Autumn. Leaves blanket the ground in darker dried hues. Each gust of wind is followed by a shower of maple, elder and oak leaves! It will probably only last a couple more days. Only the largest standing maples are full at this point.
Heading down I about jumped out of my socks. Maybe a hundred feet down the trail I thought I saw a swarm of cobra snakes. Then it looked like a bunch of cotton mouths in the lake. Luckily this was a pack of coatimundi. Apparently I hadn't been spotted with the breeze blowing in my favor! Five played about and rolled around as countless others dropped from the trees and crossed the point of view. I figure there was well over twenty. Unfortunately I didn't bring the lens needed and was cursing under my breath. After about ten minutes and a couple hundred horrible photos later I had to move. I was beginning to cramp since I was practically in mid step when I froze at first sight. Good thing too as the first crunchy leaf I stepped on sent the forest 180 degrees in front of me scouring!
Had the trail to myself. Upper Kellner was packed with cars.