“Neat,” Janelle says. Then quickly adds, “but gross.”
We are watching an enormous Leopard slug ooze its way down the side of a rotting maple. The sight is particularly fascinating as the tree has apparently died from a lightning strike, the split branch still charred black and flaky.
She’s repulsed by the four-inch, slimy creature, but doesn’t want to leave.
We’re nearly a mile up the Stinson Mountain Trail. The day is warm but breezy. We’re both feeling strong. We have nowhere to be and plenty of time to get there.
So, I just shrug off my daypack, get out a snack, and together the girl and I settle back to watch a slug crawl across a tree.
And I think to myself, yeah, this really is the life.
Stinson Mountain (7/18/12)
Height: 2,900 feet
Location: Rumney, I-93 north to Exit 26, Route 25 west, Stinson Lake Road to just south of Stinson Lake, trailhead parking
Our trailhead: Stinson Mountain Trail, up and back
Distance: 3.6 miles round trip