The other day I decided I would start doing a walk every morning after breakfast. Since the two pit bulls are no longer living at my neighbors, I thought I should see what the old trail loop looked like. I was surprised at how much nature had reclaimed the path. I got my brush saw out and was able to re-clear about a third of the loop.
The broad-leafed plant you see in the photo above are Thimbleberry, a dry tasting relative of the Raspberry. It was growing waist high in places and that is mostly what I had to clear. Below is the tunnel I had to clear through a thick grove of Birch saplings. I am always careful to keep my eyes and ears open when I walk the trail this time of year because the bush is so thick and high and it would be easy to come upon a bear.
I have been walking that third of the trail I cleared every morning. I recently discovered that my iPhone automatically keeps track of my steps and elevation when I have it on me, so I have been taking it along on the walk. This morning’s walk around the pond and down the trail and back was a kilometer ( a bit more than half a mile) and the elevation gain was the same as climbing 3 flights of stairs. These numbers don’t show a great exertion, but they are more than I had been doing in the morning, and I hope to brush out the rest of the trail so I can walk the whole loop every morning.