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Nature School :: The Cabin

It was seventy-nine degrees yesterday!  Seventy-nine!  That is just unheard of for this time of year, or it is one for the record books.  I'm sure we broke records yesterday.  Meanwhile, the wind came rushing in this morning, blowing the empty garbage cans around and making the tarp on our front porch look as if it were alive.  We're expecting a cooler rainy day with a frosty night and more reasonable weather in the coming couple weeks.  And that's your weather report from our neck of the woods.  Now, nature school.

Rich Valley

We drove through Rich Valley to the cabin yesterday.  The valley is full of rocky outcroppings.  Roan and I declared it would be perfect for sheep.  I think we saw a few there, in fact.

The Cabin

Climbing up the mountain to the cabin, it was sixty-four degrees.  My parents's cabin is on Flattop Mountain in the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area.  Though we haven't spent a night there in several years, I'd really like to.  It's such a special place.  This ridge, if you kept going, takes you over to Laurel Bed Lake.

Lots of Acorns

There are numerous cabins on this small strip of private land, so we puttered around on the road and in the yards.  It's still a pretty wild place--we've seen bears many times, along with other wildlife.  All the wildlife, in fact, is part of the reason my parents don't use their cabin much any more.

More Acorns

All the acorns covering the ground show that last year must have been a real bumper crop. Many were beginning to swell and sprout, and we brought a few home.  They were absolutely everywhere.  Well, it's time to get on with the usual Saturday chores here and then head over to the library to find some books for St. Patrick's Day.  We're getting excited!


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 25th, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a lovely spot - a cabin in the woods! It would be fun to spend time there, or spend the night. Bears notwithstanding. ;) I like seeing masses of acorns like that... it seems that some years, some trees do have a bumper crop, as you say. My kids would insist on taking home a bagful! - Stacey
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it's called a mast year when trees put out a lot of nuts. Last year was certainly one! It is a shame to see the cabin out of use. I hope that changes soon.
Feb. 27th, 2017 03:49 pm (UTC)

Oh, how I would love to stay in that cabin!!

Feb. 28th, 2017 10:36 am (UTC)
It's a really special place. I hope we can stay there some time soon.
Feb. 27th, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
That cabin looks amazing!!! Your parents own it? How far is it from your house?
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:35 am (UTC)
They do, yes. It's about an hour away, over many curvy roads.
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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