Rivers of Green Pollen in the Scotia Barrens

After Wednesday's big storm, we received the gift of several cooler, really lovely days. Thursday was a real peach, and I made the most of that, as you have read. And on Friday, my husband and I discussed making a trip to Sproul, and hiking all day long.

But in the end, we didn't want to spend that much time in the car; the best and coolest part of the day would be the morning, and we wanted to be out for that. So we took our bikes and did a little bike/hike into the nearby Scotia Barrens. In 10 minutes, we were in the woods.

This is one of the many beaver ponds in the Barrens. It is just flowing with rivers of green pollen. The rivers don't just stay there; they actually sort of ebb and flow in a way that is really hypnotic if you just sit and watch it. (And yes, I'm retired, so I have time for that now!)

The temperatures may have been a bit cooler, and some people might start thinking it's time for fall hiking and backpacking - but the mosquitoes are just merciless. Even with bug spray on, it's tough to stop and sit at all without getting bit up. So it's a lovely, wild view from here, but good luck avoiding the bugs!

My soundtrack song is this one: Creedence Clearwater Revival, with Green River.

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