A sunny day. At last. No rain. No snow. No ice. It was t-shirt 👕 weather. Such extremes.
I walked the Roanoke Rapids canal trail with Susan, a chirpy pleasant hiking companion. It was pretty. Not spectacular, but pretty and joyfully warm and sunny.
We started our adventure at the Canal Museum, where on entering we received a very strange non-welcome. The two employees/volunteers just stared at us for a while. They looked a little startled. Perhaps they don’t receive many visitors. Though with that reception it’s hardly surprising. So we chose not to look around the museum and headed straight for the trail.
My out of the ordinary sightings for the day included:
A pair of Common loons on Rochelle Pond.
Petite Downy Woodpeckers flitting about in the woodland either side of the trail.
And a Carolina chickadee (tit) performing a wonderful falling leaf 🍃 impersonation display.
We also saw remains of lovely old stone dams and aquaducts, deer prints, mills, a confederate memorial, bridges and waterfalls.
Oh, and on my way home, I visited my first Walmart. Lucky me!
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