ASP – Day Two

On my second day at the Park I decided to try a more challenging chunk of trail.  After all my troubles with my back and knees this winter, I was a little worried, but I managed OK!  I started at ASP 3 and hiked north along the North Country / Finger Lakes Trail.  This section of trail is very rocky at the beginning and very steep.  My heart was pumping hard!  Toward the crest the snow became deeper and covered the trail making my footing a bit unstable, so I turned back.  Still, I was on the trail for three and a half hours, taking loads of pictures – many of which I’m not ready to show… yet!

If hikes have themes, this hike was all about macros, scat, and butterflies.

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Honey Mushroom rhizomorphs (Armillaria mellea)

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A fallen log, covered with sapsucker holes that were beginning to be covered with moss.

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I’m pretty sure this was fox scat.

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And this is probably from a coyote.

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I have no idea what this is, but there were at least a couple of piles of it and Lolli felt obliged to roll in it.  Very odoriferous!

There was also plenty of deer and turkey scat, which I didn’t photograph…

As the sun warmed up the air, the Mourning Cloaks began their bouncy flight all around me. Most of them teased and would not allow a photo. This poor tattered thing rested long enough for me to close.

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5 thoughts on “ASP – Day Two

  1. I would guess that last scat was raccoon. At first I was going to say a bear that’s just come out of the den, but then I saw how small the amount was, so now I’m guessing a raccoon that is just appearing

  2. Hi, Jennifer, Enjoyed your post. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that finds scat interesting and photographs it. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but we’ll show him! : )

    • We’ll convert them. A friend that I’ve been hiking with for around six years now admitted that until he started hiking with me, he never really paid any attention to the stuff. But now, he frequently examines it… well, at least notices it.

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