Windy Hill, twice

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

I have been taking it easy due to some knee pain (fibular collateral ligament, and thanks for asking). I know from experience that doing too much, too soon, is a bad idea. But it’s almost not hurting at all, so maybe I’m okay.

I didn’t want to invest a lot in driving to a trailhead, in case I needed to cut the hike short, so I just went to Windy Hill. I can do a short loop, or a long loop, and if I feel good, I can even do it twice. Which I did, 15 miles, 3200 vertical feet. Nice day.

The most interesting animal sighting of the day was a coyote, which was loping across the road as I approached the turnoff into the parking area. Rabbits, deer, banana slugs, lizards, nothing I particularly wanted to take pictures of.

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(I have to admit, this one would have won the animal of the day award, had I encountered it on the trail.)

The world has turned green, and the wildflowers are coming out. But the more interesting vegetation of the season is in town.

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I have no idea what these are, but they sure are interesting, as they start in tight, fuzzy curls that unfold into stalks.

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The flowers of spring are worth a look.

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As to small animals, I poked around in the duff and got a pillbug to ball up for me.

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I waited quietly, camera poised, and sure enough, after a minute or so, it decided the coast was clear.

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It ended up on its back, but quickly righted itself and took off to continue doing whatever it had been doing before it was so rudely interrupted.

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This guy (below) is impossibly small, but you will notice that there is a second one, even smaller behind the “big” one.

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Look delicious, don’t they! So we find a full array of spiders hoping for lunch.

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