Gavan Hill Trail

The photos in this one I had previously published, but in the time since I wrote what follows and got the photos processed, I had forgotten that I wrote this entry and have just rediscovered it on January 11th, so I’m replacing the former post with this one

After finally getting around to figuring out how to get the ibutton programming/reading software set up with the information from the app I had been using on my tablet (which I discovered had a faulty USB connection last time I tried to update the Gavan Hill ibuttons), I was ready to go retrieve the data and reset the data loggers.

Rowan and I started out from Pherson Street to save some time this afternoon. I was interested to note several orange peel fungi (Aleuria aurantia) growing in the gravel near the beginning of the trail. Some appeared to have been trampled on, but a couple were in good condition.

It had started sprinkling as we were heading out, causing Rowan to groan about the rain, but once in the forest, we didn’t really notice.

I felt significantly better on the hike up today than I had last time (when I was recovering from some sort of ill-defined malaise).

I was able to successfully take care of the ibuttons, and put a December 30th reminder in my calendar to get there again before they fill up.

I stopped to take pictures of a yellow crust fungus on our way down (and noticed a small mite while doing so – something I don’t usually see until reviewing my photos). I was happy with a little LED fill light I recently acquired, as it made it much easier to take pictures of small things in the dim forest (with both my phone and my Olympus TG-5).

Just before the junction with the cross trail we caught up with a group of folks we had heard heading down while we were off the trail. They seemed to be a family group, and one of them gave the appearance of being a mother carefully making her way down the uneven ground, bravely taking on a challenge she probably wouldn’t have chosen to do on her own, but went on for the sake of spending time with her family. Of course I have no way of knowing if that’s what was happening.

My iNaturalist Observations for Today

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