|Right turn where? There are two strong possibilities ahead. More blazes please!!|
After a great 9-hour (!) sleep at the French King Motel, my husband dropped me off at Lake Wyola and headed off to play an 18-hole round of golf. After the blazing confusion at Wyola the previous day, I read the M-M update printout and that was just as confusing. It did say that there was a loop at the state park that was also blazed white, but with larger blazes. So I knew it might be hard to find the trail.
|The tree on the right could have a blaze, as well as the tall trees across the pavement.|
From the main parking area at the state park, I headed east back toward the BBQ area where we had seen blazes, and then turned around and tried finding my way northbound. There was a right turn blaze and then nothing. There were two possible right turns ahead: A sharp right onto a big wide trail, and the park road. I first tried the wide trail, but after a bit of walking there were no blazes. So I headed back to the park road. No blazes there, either. I knew the trail headed north, so I rambled on over to the north end of the parking lot and found the trail there. Lucky. Why are there no blazes in between? There are trees. One or two blazes would make all the difference.
|Heading north up a narrow road|
|Possibly the "Fried Chicken Mushroom" (Lyophyllum decastes)|
|Well, that's interesting.|
|Entering Wendell State Forest|
|Heading down to Ruggles Pond|
|Northern Wood Sorrel & a fading fern|
|Low area near Ruggles Pond|
|Beaver lodge at Ruggles Pond|
|Approaching the beach|
|Plaque at the parking area|
|CCC stone work|
|Shelter within sound of the babbling brook|
|Fire pit at the shelter|
|Seen enough mushrooms yet?|
|"Time spent here refreshes my soul."|
|That's it for today, time to head back.|
I arrived back at the motel before my husband and walked over to the French King Bridge over the Connecticut River. The motel is right next to it. The bridge seems to be a popular attraction and people were pulling over and walking out across the bridge for photos. One guy expressed disbelief in the lack of fall color. It's true, there is a lot of green on those trees for mid-October.
|Looking north towards New Hampshire. Notice the bridge's shadow.|
In driving around the past few days, we noticed an abrupt change in the terrain at about Route 2, which is where the bridge is located. The gentle, mostly flat terrain is suddenly replaced with what feels like the foot hills to New Hampshire. The view north felt like a trail preview.
|The terrain to the north looks more rugged|