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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:00 AM   #1
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Took a hike through Rocky Fork wilderness area, starting at Lower Higgins Creek, in search of a small man-made lake (for possible dragonfly study later in the season).

It was a grey foggy day, perfect for roaming the high country!
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Lower Higgins Creek watershed is a rich green place, deep soils, abundant moisture, and incredible diversity of both plant and animal life. We didn't see much of the animal life - my dogs scared most of the "critters" away. But they couldn't scare this little Buckeye tree!
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They also couldn't scare away the smaller plant life - like these round-leaf Yellow Violets. (You can see what a wet day it was!!)
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Wet days are perfect for ferns and fungus...
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And wet days made for plenty of water in the creek itself!
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Lower Higgins Creek has many small waterfalls, and one big (about 100 foot) waterfall. It was flowing fine on this damp day!
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Our trail took us up some old logging roads, where there would probably be good views if not for the increasing fog and beginnings of rain...
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We did reach the lake - a lovely little reservoir on Birchfield Camp Branch. But the rain had settled in by this time, so I could not take any photos. Will plan to return soon, on a drier day, to get some better views. Until then, here are a few very damp young birch trees along the trail...
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Hike back down was great fun on the fine muddy trails - dogs and I took back a fair amount of mud on our "paws!" Was happy to be able to scout out a number of places for future floral and faunal studies, and to enjoy another great day in a fine wild place! Hope you enjoyed the trip, and that you will share your suggestions & comments!
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