One thing I’ve learned is that little things that shouldn’t be in the wilderness are frequently signs that lead to interesting discoveries. On a friend’s farm, we followed a series of colored tapes tied to bushes to lead us to an illicit deer stand (which we dismantled and dumped at the edge of the property where the tapes made their first appearance). In the wilderness, the equine users use tapes to mark their unofficial trails. Once upon a time, a trail-side cairn indicated a nearby view or camping spot. Nowadays the cairns spring up like mushrooms overnight and are a blight, but that’s another story.
Today hiking along I spotted a piece of blue tape tied to a bush. I stopped and looked around. Sure enough, on some brush at the edge of a wooded area about fifty feet from the trail I saw another tape. I had time, so I thought I’d explore. Pushing through the brush I came across a well-worn trail which led to a fire ring hidden among the trees. The trail also carried on out of the other side of the small wooded area. I decided to check it out. The trail led to this vista and then petered out. I stopped just long enough to grab a picture before returning to the main trail and heading to my campsite for the night.
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