11.03.2009

Millennium Trail

On Halloween, Kurt and I hiked a portion of the Millennium Trail at Bernheim. The trail had no mercy on me - we climbed up and down hills until my butt fell clean off. We hopped over streams, hiked over the ridge and through the mossy valleys covered with fallen leaves. We spotted a deer family, two woodpeckers, and several types of mushrooms.

When we are in the forest, Kurt likes to tell me stories about Harold's secret life. According to Kurt, Harold lives deep in the wilderness, inside a hollowed-out tree trunk. When he scurries inside, it appears to be an ordinary old tree, almost as big around as Harold is long. But once inside, you discover that the tree is, in fact, oddly spacious with cozy nooks and candlelit corridors. Framed photos of Harold's great grandparents hang in the entry way, and a coat rack holds his various caps, scarves and pea coat. The main room is centered around a large, wood burning stove, and Harold's wife, Gertie, is tending to a bubbling pot of stew. The pantry is stocked with lots of snacks. Cheese cubes, pretzels and little bits of meat. Harold sits in a high-backed leather chair in front of the fireplace, wearing spectacles and a marled wool cardigan. He has a big bookcase full of picture books and he just stares at them through his wire-rimmed readers. When Harold isn't at home, he is scurrying around the forest floor collecting leaves and sticks for the fireplace. When he returns home, he always tracks snow on the rug. Gertie hates that. Sometimes, Harold pesters his neighbor, Mule, who just lives in a nearby hole in the ground. Mule acts like he doesn't like Harold, but he's actually his only friend. Harold has a secret garden behind his tree. Sometimes he puts little reins on Mule to help him pull fat turnips out of the ground. When we arrive at Harold's, he serves us steamy mugs of hot cocoa, which he's gingerly topped with a large marshmallow.


This stream might eventually turn into whisky at the Jim Beam Distillery.

baby maple

woodchuck
Kurt's best impression of the Woodchuck Cider mascot.

a mossy perch
We sat on this mossy perch to rest and eat pepitas.

We tracked our route with EveryTrail.com so we could nerd out on maps and statistics.

Bernheim

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5 comments:

  1. I really wish there was a Palm app for Every Trail. I signed up for the site and then realized I couldn't use it with my phone. Doh! It would have been nice to use during the hikes in Washington.

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  2. I know! It would be awesome to post your maps on your blog too. Maybe there is something out there similar for Palm?

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  3. I think you two should turn that Harold story into a children's book.

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  4. I LOVE the Harold story!! I agree, it would make such a great children's book.

    I want a picture of Gertie, too. Where is she?

    xox,
    Susan

    confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com

    secret word: moosica

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  5. I LOVE the Harold story!! I agree, it would make such a great children's book.

    I want a picture of Gertie, too. Where is she?

    xox,
    Susan

    confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com

    secret word: moosica

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