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Radnor Lake on Sep 18

September 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments · deer, Radnor Lake

walking in the woods at Radnor LakeI initiated today’s hike at 6pm or so, which is about the latest one can safely set out in time to complete the whole 4.5 mile loop without worrying about gate closure (about 30 minutes after sunset). Cutting it close, I decided to do a south-side hike and stick to the South Cove loop. The weather was near perfect: clear and 84.2-ish. My iPod had just enough battery power to display the apple, but only briefly — making for a more organic hike.

no ipod on today's hike - goodIn a quest for a little extra exercise, sometimes I double back on a steep section to hike it again. To help make up for the shorter hike and squeeze in an extra climb, I turned around when I reached the bottom of the steepest portion of the South Loop trail (where we previously saw the Ringneck snakes), hiked back up it, then came back down again and continued on the counterclockwise loop.

Without the iPod to stem any creative thinking, my mind churned away. Were this mental power harnessed, it probably could have toasted a slice of bread (lightly). Itty bitty committee topics varied widely from the pointless to the practical, inane to inspired. My winning thought: unplug the television in my bedroom & read more.

The deer count of 12 was respectable, given the short hike. I used to think I had a better chance of spotting deer on the lake side, and a smaller chance on the South Cove trail; now, I’m not so sure. I have seen numerous deer on the south side of late. It is also interesting to me and no one else that the deer I see when hiking the South Cove trail are more or less randomly scattered, while the deer I see on the lake side tend to be in specific, somewhat predictable areas. (I was wrong; it’s not all that interesting, even to me.)

i saw 50 deer once at radnor lakeThis ongoing deer census reminds me of my dentist, Dr. R. Hunter, who recently said that the most deer he has seen during one hike at Radnor Lake is fifty. Yes, 50. The word is, he saw 20 deer in one area, and he spotted another 30 deer in another area. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but that sounds made up. (Just kidding, Dr. Hunter! Well…) Should future deer counts require evidence beyond the anecdotal?

crazy dentist... not my wonderful dentist, BTW!To quickly summarize: I took no pictures and saw no owls, reptiles, amphibians, or waterfowl. I drank some water. I forgot to time my hike; I have no pedometer readings or pulse stats to report; and I forgot to note whether that gum is still stuck on the tree. I saw no one of interest.

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