I had the luxury of hiking this morning without a trash bag, or clippers, or paint brush, or camera. A rare treat!
Up Cascades Trail, Meadow Ridge Trail, River Trail, Mower Cart Path to Rte. 122 at Camp Street. Then River Trail, Silver Spring Trail, to Cascades Trail back to the Lodge.
A warm dry wind blew through the forest. That is great for keeping you cool and dry but keeps the fire danger level up at VERY HIGH.
At 11:30am the temperature was 77 degrees, which is part of our warm and dry pattern.
The trail is not soil but dust. Where normally would be boggy it is soil. Amazingly the streams still trickle away and have not dried up. While distressed a bit the main vernal pools still have water.
The weather promises rain starting this weekend. We have heard these things before and we don't always see them borne out. We will wait and see.