Since moving to Lab Valley, I've been working on laying out trails for mountain biking. For the first part of the spring and summer, I rode with Shyla, just following my nose to figure out the best routes to visit different parts of the land. At the end of the summer, I started putting out trail markers so that I'd always follow the best routes. The trail markers were small flags like surveyors use.
Then, a bear sow started bringing her cub to Lab Valley to eat chokecherries. The cub is playful and whimsical. On the mornings after their visits, some of my surveyor's flags were moved. It was hilarious!
|Mama bear with her mischievous cub (in the shadows)|
Sadly, most of the chokecherries are eaten now, and Mama bear and her cub have moved onto the next part of their fall feast where ever that may be. I am sad to find my flags in place each morning.
But, the upside is that the trails are truly coming along. I love them!