Here’s where the other end lets out.
The blow hole at the top, where small skinny persons can shimmy through to the hollow interior of the log. Not certain mommies who are too fond of their own kitchen experiments, though.
Snack time! Homemade yogurt and Maple Almond Granola, one of my new favorite recipes from the Earthbound Farms cookbook, Food to Live By.
We were still having fun, so we decided to do a little more exploring after lunch. We followed the trail down to the Old Swimming Hole.
Must. Keep. Up.
Another inspirational fall scene…
On summer weekends this area is packed with campers playing in the creek.
I passed this draw and couldn’t help but take a picture, thinking about the massive volumes of water that will be shooting through here in another month or two. It’s hard to see the erosion lines with the leaf cover, but this chute has been carved by water from the top down.
Now this looked like a lot more sliding fun than the last chute.
A very cool mushroom. We had no idea what it was, but we examined the gills, touched the soft tops, and talked a little about why mushrooms like to live in logs and how they make baby mushrooms.
Aha! Two banana slugs. We didn’t see a whole lot of others, compared to some days, but these two were having a picnic just like us!
Here’s another fallen tree we passed, the crater it tore in the ground was pretty massive–you can see the broken bits of root sticking up out of it to the left.
These trees are very cool, from the ground they look like the five fingers of a hand, leaning out over the creek.
A fun place to hide.
Finally, we made it to the largest tree!
Hugging Grandmother Tree.
Another calendar-worthy view on the way home.