Thousand Trails Thunderbird at Monroe has several woodsy trails. Though wet from rain the previous night, we decided to take advantage of a sunny afternoon and try the steep, somewhat muddy Bear Gulch Trail.
Walking under moss-covered branches, stepping over downed logs, seeking out areas disturbed by animals and guessing whether it was a fox or ring tail cat, or bob cat temporarily gives you the feeling of being miles away from civilization.
A small animal burrow. Oh, that I had my biologist daughter with me. She would know in an instant what animal created this distinctive hole. She is more fun than anyone I know to take a walk with in the woods.
Two slugs were the only creatures we saw. At two inches long when tightly snugged this slug was a real curiosity to me. I had never seen one like this before. Wikipedia tells me it is an Arion Slug. When disturbed, it stretched out by another inch.
Trees struggle to reach the sun.