I decided yesterday that I needed to take a walk in the woods. They were predicting rain and snow for later in the afternoon, so I decided to stay close to home and do a little exploring in the woods behind my house. That turned out to not be the smartest of ideas. Here's a view of the woods yesterday.
I did find some interesting vines. Take a look at this grapevine. I hung one of my treking poles on it, so you could get some idea of size. I wonder how old that thing is?
I was soaking wet, tired and beginning to panic a bit. I was actually thinking about calling 911, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It would be so embarrassing for the rescue people to have to haul the old fat lady out of the woods. So, I ended up back tracking. I hadn't wanted to do that because it meant having to cross a stream with a steep bank on the side I had to climb out on. I ended up having to sit on that bank, get myself up on solid ground and crawl to a tree that I could use to haul myself upright. Here's the stream. This picture was taken on the way into the woods, and I'm standing on the steeper bank.
After I got across the stream, I managed to make it home without any more trouble. Boy did I learn a lesson. No more walking in those woods in conditions like that. Not unless I take a grappling hook with me!
But I did see some neat stuff. I didn't see many tracks, except for the deer tracks, which were everywhere. And, in one place, I did see these canid tracks. They are a little big to be fox, so I'm betting coyote.