|I've never seen such tall ferns|
A few minutes later, after another really wet patch, I noticed signs at a junction in the trail. It didn't take me long to realize they were the signs I had seen hours ago. I had missed the unmarked waterfall trail and walked all the way around the lake! I could have stopped to really enjoy the lake and make some hexies. Except by that time I really wasn't heading anywhere but back to my car which promptly told me it was 90F...in the shade.
Yikes, that was enough hiking for one day. I had been gone 3 hours and entirely missed what I wanted to see. It turns out I hiked 30 minute miles on this 6 mile tour and I'll keep that in mind for hikes next year when I have no idea where I am going or how long I've been hiking. Next year I'll find the waterfall...I'm determined.
|My entire car was covered in dust and it had infiltrated every crevice between doors, hoods and trunk. |
The storm later that night did *not* wash it all away.
|Just 3 of the 6 feeders.|
Notice the stick protruding from the left most support beam - it's for the little hummers to sit on. So cute!
|Thru the deck railing|
|This hand belongs to a young man helping at the restaurant.|
The owner allowed me to do the same and a little hummer did sit on my finger but wouldn't do it again after I remembered the camera in my other hand.