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Two Radnor Hikes in One Day

August 6th, 2007 · No Comments · Radnor Lake, wildlife

While driving to REI in Brentwood today after a noon meeting, I thought, ‘Why not squeeze in a hike?’ It was around 2, and I was not meeting Kelly at Radnor for our evening hike until around 5:30. So I drove to the east parking lot off Franklin Rd. I’d not been up that way in years. Parking on this side brings back bad memories, but that’s for another time. Or not.

Having rings of chigger bites around my sockline from previous Radnor hikes, I wised up today and purchased some insect repellent containing DEET and applied it before hitting the trails. It was sauna hot as I set out. Before I’d gone 50 yards I realized I’d left the iPod behind…oh well, so I’d be a prisoner of my neurotic thought processes for the next hour and a half.

I went clockwise, which is the more difficult direction due to the steeper climbs on each side: Ganier Ridge on the north side and South Cove on the other.

The personal wildlife record broken on this hike was fawn proximity: I got within three and a half or four feet of a fawn, and it did not even move away from me. Have people been feeding these animals or what??! Given another chance, perhaps I’d hang out and see if I could actually touch it — or. as Kelly suggested, I should have held out my hand as if it held a deer treat, and gauge the fawn’s reaction.

For the second day in a row, there was a hawk very close to the trail. This is something I had not seen in the Radnor woods until yesterday, and here it is again. Now I need to identify the species of hawk.


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