Monday, July 31, 2017

NCT conference, last 2 days.

Oh ya, this post will be Saturday and Sunday at the conference and at hikes we did.
Orec is a company who makes trail building
and mowing tools and on Saturday they
came with some machines for us to test.

This tracked material mover was sweet!
Arly tested it as well and says Orec builds HD, professional stuff.

Here is a flail mower they build with tracks.
They also have wheeled and rotary cutting mowers.

Wow, does this beast cut down weeds-n-trees!
Arly found that steering it was a breeze.

Ya, lots of smart talk happening here.

But I did make many new friends too!

After the equipment demo, we went to hike at the
Sugarbush trail head. Hunting was excellent!
This one has no idea who he's dealing with!

Many great views from the top.

Lotsa steps up one side and then down the other.

Yet another beautiful gully.

Hey! I found more friendly hikers.

Finally, we found a cooling spot. It was hot!

That evening I said goodbye to my new friends from the twin cities

We got to chat with Matt from NCTA HQ, but more importantly...

Emmy rubbed me!  I do like little girls who'll pet me some.
Will I see you again?

Sunday we got out for one last hike before we headed for home.

We parked off of 505, to head to Hogback Mountain.
I found a nice cooling stop along the way.

It was warm even in the morning, and muggy!

We climb and climb...

And climb some more.

We were rewarded with great views and a bit of a breeze on the peak.

After heading down, we hiked over to Lily Pond again,
and this time we trekked around the loop that
followed along its southern bank.

I was glad to be able to cool off again!

Hiking throughout this area is rough and rocky. And pretty!

It reminds us of Duluth, or Ely. Lotsa rocks!

Glacer scratches.

At our lunch break, I rolled around in the brush just because I can.

Bye-bye, Lily Pond.

Later, we hiked by Wetmore Pond, and spied the old
growth forest near by. It reminded us of the Porkies.

We hope to visit here again, one day.

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