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Shrooms and berries

Back to local travel

Back home, I decided to try a trail that was new to me.  Monkey Run loop near Ithaca, NY.  A really nice walk in the woods, it was quite muddy in places, and no one else out, but surprise, surprise, lots of mosquitoes!  Apparently my bug juice wore off, and they (skeeters) really began to feast on me.  I was close to the end, so I picked up my pace, annnd missed a turn that would’ve taken me back a bit sooner.  It was supposed to be closer to 3 miles, but it ended up 4, but the good thing was it only took me 2 hours.  I’m definitely not a speed hiker, but the bites gave me some incentive to hurry! Fall Creek, Ithaca, NY

Not much for views, the best part followed Fall Creek, so my eyes were drawn (hehe) to what was on the ground, lots of fungi and berries.  Sketched at home AFTER I was safe from the skeeters.Shrooms and berries

Hikers shovel

I choose this one!

I’ve decided to give overnight backpacking a serious try.  There’s lots of gear needed, and even gear that you’d prefer not to think about!  (ahem, toilet stuff) One necessary item is a shovel, so I went online to research. After reading these rave reviews, I just knew I had to have this one! 😁. Hikers shovel