Mushrooms, fiddleheads, and bears?

Once we got settled in at camp a bunch of dogs started barking in the distance and just wouldn’t stop. Luckily they were far away enough that my earplugs drowned them out.

We are all up early and since rain is in the forecast we don’t dilly dally packing up. A dry tent is a happy tent!

We are back on trail at 7 and start the Indian Creek segment. It is pretty soggy and while the guidebook states that it can be wet during rainy weather we think it’s wet more often than that. The swamp factor is significant. I am wearing my Teva sandals and my socks are soaking wet in no time. So much for putting clean socks on this morning!

We have some short climbs which help us stay warm even with the on and off rain and cooler temperatures. It’s actually kind of nice to have a break from the sun.

The next section goes through wetlands and along beaver ponds. One pond has three beaver lodges and another a beaver dam we have to walk over. It’s all quite pretty with the moody sky reflecting in the water. Swans and other birds provide the sound track for the day.

We don’t see many flowers but we see morel mushrooms and fiddleheads and a bear print in the mud. So neat!

The last section is a labyrinth of ski trails and fairly easy going. The sun is coming out again and we are soon getting too warm in our jackets.

We stop at 17 miles even though we could have gone a little further. There is no other road crossing in the next 5 miles and we decide to call it early and relax in the lingering sun and hang out with Troll. He will only be with us for another two days so we want to enjoy his company while we can. Also, he cooks us yummy dinner.

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