I decided that we would do a quick out-and-back hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. I'd heard about the lovely Fantasia Overlook, which involves a one-mile hike to the spur, another .5 miles to the overlook, and then you head back the way you came. 3 miles on a beautiful day? Piece of cake. We drove on out to the Highway 1 trailhead.
|I'm pretty sure that every SHT sign I've encountered this year is tilting at the same angle. |
If it's not intentional, perhaps there's a stewardship project in there for me.
|Thunderdog is driven to vertigo by the uneven boardwalk and the bendy trees|
An ice storm in 2008 did a good deal of damage to trees in this part of the trail. Look at those trees, practically bent over sideways. They seemed to still be alive and healthy, despite looking as if they'd been shoved over. There were more dramatically bent stands of trees, but...do you know how hard it is to take pictures of trees in a forest?
We reached the spur trail after heading up for what felt like an eternity. Not only was it difficult, the mountain (yes I am calling it a mountain) loomed overhead. The entire time we were in the shadow of the peak we were trying to reach. It was daunting. We rested for a minute, and then headed on up.
When we got to the highest point, we looked out to the east. Lake Superior, brilliant and blue; Palisade Head, home of acrophobic nightmares; Tettegouche State Park's Headquarters with the American Flag flying overhead; million-dollar homes perched on hillsides, their billionaire owners sitting inside swilling brandy and lighting cigars with hundred-dollar bills. Not bad.
|I wish so much that I had a better camera. |
But even if I did, I could not capture the beauty of this view.
We sat around for a little while. Or, I did; and Thunderdog complained. She enjoys the journey but hates standing still once we reach the destination. This time I insisted that we sit back and enjoy it for a spell. This sort of beauty on this sort of day simply cannot be rushed.
Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves
and the dreams of trees unfold;
When woodland halls are green and cool
and the wind is in the west:
Come back to me!
Come back to me!
and say my land is best.
Total miles hiked today: 3
Total miles hiked (in 2012): 35
Total ticks today: Joe - n/a; Thunderdog - 3; Elly -2
Total ticks (in 2012): 18