A little cutting, a little hill rolling, a little history

toby

This post was cobbled together on Chrome. What a disaster. Why anyone would prefer this to IE is beyond me. Hope I don’t have to go through this hell every day to post.

 

Another fun am at Penn Dental, cut, hack, slash. I feel like I’m the last remnant of the Amazon rain forest and they’re trying to make sure they get every last tree. Oh well.

Though not exactly cheery weather wanted to go somewhere after. Picked Blakselee Preserve. Not probably the best choice as the Tobyhanna was in flood stage as Tobyhanna Falls shows.
Wet leaves and wet rocks led to 2.5 tumbles, including one actual roll down a hillside that stopped inches short of the stream. Luckily, mud on jeans only gets caked so thick before it refuses to add more.

But old fools keep going. Then plunged into something over my boots right at the very end. Nothing like taking jeans, boots and socks off in 30 degree weather with the wind blowing. At least the  normal roving single male predators who seem to favor these kind of parking areas were smart enough to stay away in this weather.

 

One of several pics I got, muddy camera and all.

Hoof — or tinder — fungus. Once much loved by fly fishermen, and carried by Otzi, the iceman.

Trout fishers use to carry chunks of dried Hoof Fungus, with which theywould dry their artificial flies to make them float. Called ‘amadou’, the materialwas specially treated and had the reputation of acting as a very effectivedesiccant.

This is one of the bracket fungi found among the possessions of Otzi the Iceman, a 5000 year old man whose body was preserved in a glacier in the Ötztal Alps on the border between Austria and Italy, where it was discovered by hikers in 1991. It seems likely that Otzi was carrying this material in order to light a fire at the close of a day whose end he did not live to see.

Otzi’s mummified corpse is currently on display at the purpose-built South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy).

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Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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