When I was young, my hiking consisted of woods, mountains, and streams on private property. Therefore, anything I wished to take home was mine for the taking. I’m talking about little things like walking sticks, cool stones, pretty flowers, and moss or running cedar to place in a terrarium. In fact, I knew nothing about the well known fact that you are to NEVER remove anything from Federal or State property when hiking. I remember the very first hike I went on with Dirt Man through National Forest, I picked up a unique rock and was about to stick it in my pocket. Being an Appalachian Trail hiker, he was familiar with the rule and stopped me. I had no idea that I was about to break the law! After that, I learned to respect nature and all it’s glory. It often tantalizes my senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell. However, I never take anything home with me nor do I ever leave anything I bring with me behind. We have been on many hikes that we see people allowing their children to take home these natural items. I don’t know if they don’t know any better or if they just don’t care. I usually show you pictures of trees and waterfalls. This time I am going to show you some other treasures that we’ve seen along the trails but left where God placed them.
These are two of the many butterflies we have seen along the trails. I don’t know what kind of wild flowers these are. but I like the shade of lavender. We come across many wild flowers and other plants. Maybe, someday I’ll get a handbook to take along and try to identify them.
Here’s another pretty.
Okay, I had to show you one tree. I found it interesting how the broken branch is hanging on another broken limb and has kind of formed a triangle.
This reminds me of Sedum or possibly some sort of cacti.
Various River rocks.
A cactus in the sand along a beach trail.
A single tendril of Spanish Moss.
This is some sort of fungus. It looks somewhat like a mushroom, but also like a flower.
I have no idea what these bright red berries are, but I am quite certain that it is not Ginseng.
This contraption appears to be some sort of homemade wheelbarrow or cart. We found it slightly off but visible from the Appalachian Trail. It was sitting on the private property side. Dirt Man figured someone probably took it there hunting to use for hauling a deer down the mountain. We assume the hunter didn’t have any luck or got tired and ditched the cart.
Here is a front view. They used half a barrel as the body.
And here is another view.
Then we found these sunglasses lying beside the cart. Morbid me tells Dirt Man that the cart could very well have been used to transport a body and the glasses could have belonged to the victim. Way to spook myself out! I usually do that when I see unusual items. But I hope it was just another hiker who decided to check out the cart. And Wylie looks like a canine celebrity sporting those shades. I am pretty sure that rule about leaving things you find pertains to natural elements and not man made objects left behind. At any rate, we did not let Wylie keep the shades!