Monday, July 1, 2013

Superior Hiking Trail: Reeves Road to the Waterfall...again! June 29th, 2013

Joe was jealous of my waterfall-viewing without him.  That, plus the need for me to do a little maintenance at the trailhead, meant that Thunderdog and I would be retracing the steps of our hike two weeks ago.  No big deal!  There's always something new to see!  Plus, I needed his help.

tap tap tap

Remember me mentioning that the Superior Hiking Trail sign was broken; and that I, as the Trailhead Maintainer, needed to fix it?  Like, six months ago?  Well, I finally got my butt in gear and picked up a new sign.  Joe helped me to pry off the remnants of the old sign (he did that part) and hammer in the new sign.  I was encouraged to put a couple of nails through the middle of the sign in order to discourage people from stealing it as a memento.

Into the woods

I've hiked back and forth on this section of the Superior Hiking Trail many times, but Joe's never been on it.  I guess it's kind of my "mid-week hike" since it's nearby and not terribly exciting.  I'm so spoiled many people get to just pop on over to the Superior Hiking Trail after work on a Monday?

Joe looks at Reeves Falls

We found the waterfall, and once again I struggled to take a good picture of it.  It's kind of around a corner, and the big frothy pool at the bottom isn't that picturesque.  So just trust me when I say that there IS a waterfall, we saw it, and it was very nice.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

I got a picture of one nice butterfly, the Tiger Swallowtail.  We saw plenty of other flying things though...mosquitoes.  Oh, man, were there a lot of mosquitoes.  Joe and I bathed in bug spray before heading out, but we were still pestered.  I guess it just comes with the territory.  Because of the bugs, we opted to take Reeves Road itself back to the car instead of backtracking through the woods.  I was fine with this detour: there's nothing wrong with taking a different way back.  Actually, it's nice to see something new - even if it is along the side of a road.

Reeves Road

Not far from the very end of the road we came upon a dead deer being tended to by a half dozen vultures.  I didn't get any pictures (ew, gross) but it was kind of cool to see so many vultures up close.  I think that vultures are pretty cool birds and, dead things notwithstanding, wouldn't mind learning more about them someday.

Total miles hiked today: 3.2
Total miles hiked in 2013: 51.1
Total Superior Hiking Trail miles hiked in 2013: 10.9
Total ticks today: 5
Total ticks in 2013: 49

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