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Short Hike at Radnor Lake

March 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · deer, Radnor Lake

Sunday, March 08, 2009
Radnor Lake, Nashville Tennessee - Sunday March 8, 2009

After checking the radar for possible storms, I remembered we have an extra hour before dark now – excellent! Plenty of time for a short hike at Radnor Lake.

It was 71 degrees out; cloudy and windy too, with gusts up to 17mph, according to the weather site. I parked the car at the old Otter Creek church building and walked from there. The clouds had momentarily dispersed, so there was some sunshine now. I opted to forego the iPod today; I’d stick with my thoughts during the walk, for better or worse.

I got a couple of shots of the blossoming dogwoods. Good grief, is is that time already? And won’t it just freeze again? Probably…

Radnor Lake, Nashville Tennessee - Sunday March 8, 2009

I walked through parking lot and onto the nearest trail, through the woods, by the creek, to the spillway, and took my standard bridge shot. I did not photograph the other standard spillway scene, since a family of hikers was on the spot.

I walked across the damn – the white gravel road – and up Otter Creek a short ways to the South Cove trailhead. As I approached the first steep incline where there are railroad-tie steps, I heard some rustling leaves and looked up to find a group of ten (10) does. That’s about the largest group I have ever seen together; I believe my previous record was eight (8) doe together.

Radnor Lake, Nashville Tennessee - Sunday March 8, 2009

I started a pile of rocks. Mike had a name for this, but I have forgotten it. How would I Google that – “pile of rocks next to hiking trail”? OK, the word is cairn. Did you know it?

In some regions, piles of rocks used to mark hiking trails are called “ducks” or “duckies”. These are typically smaller cairns, so named because some would have a “beak” pointing in the direction of the route. An expression “two rocks do not make a duck” reminds hikers that just one rock resting upon another could be the result of accident or nature rather than intentional trail marking.

OK, so what do I start calling my little rock piles? Cairns? Duckies? After fooling with the cairn, I hiked a few yards when suddenly a large pileated woodpecker took off from a nearby tree as I approached, and flew directly past my head so that I could hear it.

Radnor Lake, Nashville Tennessee - Sunday March 8, 2009

Fortunately, I did not scare myself half to death today by startling a doe, like I did yesterday. I was hiking back from the ridge on South Cove, apparently deep in thought, when a nearby large doe (which I had not yet seen) suddenly gave a loud snort — and just about startled the vinegar from my loins. Whew!

Oddly, from the time I stepped onto the trail until I finished the hike and reached my car, I passed not a single other person. This was despite the fact that it was packed the rest of the time.

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