TREE 27 & 28
Lately I’ve been wandering to areas of the Sanctuary I haven’t visited yet to find trees to climb. Over beyond the white water tower in the field I found 3 more trail heads I can’t wait to explore. From across the field I saw large trees on the edge of a wood. The closer I got to them the more I realized they were too big and the branches too high. Except one where the trunk split about 9 or 10 feet up. I grabbed a fallen tree and leaned it in the split. But it was too dead to trust. I looked around for another way and saw a young tree growing next to the large trunk that came close to the first branch 12-14 feet up (I guess). It felt very high. I didn’t get any higher, though I could touch the next highest branch. Again my fear judged my position high enough. Yet with the tree transfer and the height, I am not disappointed like yesterday.
4-28-08: In the picture above you can see both the small trunk I leaned up against the large tree and the small tree that I used to get to that first large branch. Also, I wrote “(I guess)” because my judgment of distance was not great but has improved over the project. Well… sometimes. Like yesterday I climbed this huge maple tree at Cox’s Park. To get down I went way out on a low limb then hung down from my hands. I walked out further to bend the branch down and get closer to the ground to drop. I thought I was pretty close to the ground, let go and fell a lot farther than I thought. My ankles had that sudden pinching pain from landing flat footed. But the tree with all it’s new green leaves was beautiful. I took two videos but I don’t like either so will not be sharing them. One had potential. I sat in the top and picked the young green whirligigs, then dropped them in the camera’s view so I could record them twisting down. It went for over 2 minutes and none of the ones that actually spun like a helicopter got camptured by the camera. The other one was me talking about the climb while I look around from the top. I posted a similar one yesterday, and as is normal, I didn’t like what I said nor the sound of my voice. But I took some pictures. Here is my favorite: