Odds and Ends — 22 September 2022
We hiked some of the trails in Jay Cooke State Park yesterday. Yeah, I got my 10,000 steps in. The fall leaves haven’t peaked yet, but a nice walk in the woods anyway. Several times, the trail was marked with Caution signs, without any indication of why one might want to be cautious. No big trees perilously close to falling, no treacherous streams to be forded, just a trail through the woods.
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