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Hiking, snowshoeing

I prefer to hike Skatutekee from Old Dublin Road. The trail less traveled.

The trail from the Harris center parking lot has already been posted. mikicc.org/can

This is the access from the other side. Old Dublin Road in Hancock.

Park at the kiosk, leaving access to old road. More information, and to donate to this amazing group may be found at Harriscenter.org

The first bit is a gradual upward climb, a peaceful walk. Rocky in some spots.

There are some noteworthy trees along the way. I do love trees!

At the end of the road the trail turns right and heads upward, gradually getting steeper.

After some huffing and puffing; this side is steeper, faster, with a bit more climbing.

The view, already posted in previous post. Just for fun, a video.

Years ago, I added Thumb to my hike from Skatutakee.  It was exhausting.  Determined to attempt the climb again I found the trail head and headed onward, and upward.

This is a wonderful addition and recommended. The trail meanders through differing landscapes. Note, some heavy uphill climbing. Which. I proudly announce was not that difficult this time. Fitter.

And so to the summit.. The view from Thumb is better.

Thoreau’s quote, “Simplicitysimplicitysimplicity“, sums it up. Thoreau believed that to live life to its fullest, people needed to simplify, to get rid of unnecessary material possessions and even unnecessary socializing. … 

Rereading Thoreau.
Some friends along the way
The creature of Thumb Mountain.
Nature made her own foundation. Or, because it is almost Halloween…could it be a grave,?

Getting out in the woods with Ruby and Rusty has made me fitter and healthier than I have been in years. And, to be sure I stay that way:

I wear a mask when around people. Mask courtesy of Meg Studio.