|With no big scenery today, the micro-scenes came front and center. Here the typical north woods ground cover features mosses, lichens and two kinds of fungus, with a hungry slug feeding on the new-to-me 'black earth tongue' - Trichoglossum hirsutum.|
Today's hike was about rich, thick, remote woods. I was christening my new shirt - yes, numbered, to go with the hats.
When you're walking the 'green tunnel,' the footpath itself becomes the story; and the story was manifold and varied. For the first time since somewhere in Ohio, bedrock replaced the ubiquitous sandy soil. Here's hat 43 amid some ankle-twisting footing that required close attention.
That didn't last long, though. The other extreme is trail that requires wading. This was also a first for Michigan.
Most of the rest of today's wetland walking was well covered. I crossed probably a mile or more of boardwalk in three or four long sections.
And there were a number of major footbridges over big streams/rivers.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the day, this is not a popular section of trail. Parts have so little traffic that the footpath is well and truly overgrown. Here the blue blaze (circled) is practically smothered in chest-high bloom.
No, don't take the weed whacker to this! It's too pretty! Nor here:
Maybe here. Where the wetlands weren't so extreme as to require boardwalk, the trail had long sections of this built-up trail bed - somebody at some point in the past has put in a huge amount of work to get trail through here.
Interestingly, this next view is not of trail, though I wish it was. It would have been cool to stroll off to infinity here. But this was just a passing side view where the natural mature woodland gave way to a large plantation.
Finally, one last scene bringing the fungus world back to the center of attention.
Perhaps a week of this would start to get old. But today, for me, it was pure pleasure. Here's a screen shot of the GPS Track.
And here's the same track in interactive form, via Wikiloc. This gives people a chance to zoom in and delve deeper into detail if they wish.
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