Saturday morning was beautiful for a quick 4 mile walk through the woods on our property and some neighbors. Below are some pictures to share….
Heading down our main dirt trail and took a trail heading to the west. It’s a twisty turning trail that heads directly down to the creek.
Heading up the trail from the creek I see a neighbor has put up a new tree stand. There are make shift bridges along the creek like the one above. This bridge actually gets moved every year by the creek and they have to reset it, as you can see they have done. Another neighbors trail that we have helped to maintain for years is in a low spot and is always full of water. It’s a great spot for polywogs!
After the long low spot you head down to their bridge that is build out of railroad ties. Perfect for the weight of horses and four wheelers. Up the hill from the bridge is an old tire marking a property stake. You can see the spring rains have kept these trails wet! You continue on this trail and it leads you in a circle back to our property connecting to the open field.
Look closely and you can see the Man and Boy’s double tree stand for hunting. It’s a special spot where a little boy has gone with his dad to share in a hunting trip! Just past the stand I saw this poor broken robins egg on the ground on the trail heading back to the middle of our property and the arch where you know to turn.
The old pool deck serves as Grandpa’s tree stand as he can no longer climb into a tree. We moved it back to an area he can drive to on the 4 wheeler and still enjoy time hunting. Turning from there to the watery trail leading up to our bridge. Once across the bridge turning to the east the creek overflows and when it dries up, lush grasses grow. The bridges in the lush grass serve for 4 wheeler or walking access to the east trails.
Heading up the east trail towards the house completes the “loop” we call it. There are many little trails that run off the main trail but if you follow the main trail you will come to the opening of our back pasture. There is an old farm implement that was abandoned back in these woods and when we cleared for the new pasture, I insisted on leaving it where it was put to rest. I wonder how much work it did and who left it back there in the middle of an over grown field.
And we have come full circle to the back of our little cabin in the woods heading home.
I’ve walked these trails and woods since 1972 and I was 6 years old. Each trip is a new adventure with downed trees, new sites, water and animals. I will never outgrow the excitement of walking in the woods!!