Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I did not have to get out of bed this morning to know that it was even cooler than yesterday, but the thermometer confirmed that it was 10 C. Shawn went running and he prefers it to be closer to 0C.
Brian and I hiked 7.54 kilometres in one hour and fifty-four minutes. There was 79 metres of ascent and descent. I was sure there was far more ascent than that. The Timberlands had thousand of ferns in some parts of the forest but not much undergrowth at all in other parts. I think I could identify the cinnamon, interrupted and maybe the intermediate fern. The forest canopy was much denser than yesterday; so, even though it was a sunny day we did not need to worry about sunscreen. I am not fond of insect repellent but some bug spray would have been useful. Mosquitoes were snacking on us.
We saw one pink lady slipper but really not many flowers. It will be a few days before the mountain laurel blooms. Multi shades of green were relaxing.
We have skied and hiked in Timberlands before, but each season presents a different aspect and we followed different trails. We recognized parts we had done before. We came out at the golf course and Guilford Lakes where we are always able to admire pretty reflections, not ours! We re-entered the forest to make our way back to the car. Timberlands is only a few kilometres from Shawn’s; so, it is an ideal location for a hike any day.
Back at the house we watched a pileated woodpecker attacking the ground, tossing tufts of dirt into the air. We can only assume he was enthusiastically dining on insects. There is a village of chipmunks living among the boulders. No wonder tulips and asiatic lilies are threatened with extinction here.
Shawn and Agnes are dining out with their department. We will have roast chicken with mushroom fried rice and green beans. The nacho appetizers are already devoured.