You would think that with all my baking on Monday that it would have been a content day but it really felt rough and I ended up sleeping poorly again that night.
Then this morning we woke up to more steady rain.
When the rain broke around 9am I was faced with a decision. I had eaten a
huge breakfast and I was excessively overtired but I knew a hike would
overall do Nim and I good.
So we hit the road for a quick one.
Anyone who has had the misfortune of riding in the car with Nim when he is excited knows that he is loud.
Some dog owners like to listen to their dogs whines of happiness the entire drive to the location. I do not. Nim knows this and so he puts his head as far away from me as possible against the passenger side door and makes his delightful noise the entire drive. The. Entire. Drive.
One of my least favorite parts of trail has been redecorated by the local bear. They are hungry and stripping the trees for sap.
While this damage greatly improved this section of trail for me, I realize it is a nightmare to tree survival.
Some of the tree farm areas will set up feed stations to help deal with this during the spring. I have been hiking this trail for years and never seen damage to this stretch, but they did a ton of clear-cutting in the past year or two so I am sure territories are changed.