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Lapland and Millman Ponds ~ Nov 3, 2011

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



A dozen rainbow hued hikers braved the 56 degree weather to hike the rolling bottom land of Black Mountain. Crossing streams via bridges, rocks, and prayers, and circumventing mud puddles any way we could, we arrived at the first pond and leanto for a snack break. Intrepid explorer Ken disappeared from view while sliding toward Lapland Pond, but was saved by a grassy clump a foot from the glasslike water. Further on, Linda did him one better by gracefully dipping into a stream at a slippery crossing. We had a delightful lunch at the leanto overlooking Millman Pond. The leanto did give us a mystery and a smile-a complete set of clothes and neat bag of recyclables, and this poem

Now I lay me down to rest
A pile of maps upon my chest
If I should die before I wake
That's one less hike I have to take.

Fortunately, no one took a spill off the rickety, ice encrusted boardwalk which stretches into the pond. The return trip was relaxing, the biggest challenges being winding our way around mud and water and finding newts in the stream. The woods were very quiet, but toward the end we heard a raven, a jay, and chickadees calling.

Fran, Claire, Diane, Linda, Joanne, Anita, Don, Ken, Karen and Joe joined us for this delightful adventure.

1/24/12 - Anita Dingman added 2 photos.

1/24/12 - Anita Dingman added 2 photos.

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Snack time at Lapland Pond



Lenore watches Ken exploring the Lapland shoreline.



Fran leads the way through a snowy patch.



Photo by Anita



Photo by Anita



Photo by Anita



Photo by Anita



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