Rocks

September 8, 2018

BW photograph looking down a hiking trail through the woods.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This past week’s 100 degree plus heat-index adjusted temperatures notwithstanding, it has been quite wet this year.  That accounts for the amount of greenery in the vegetation.  It is raining now, and the forecast calls for rain off and on over the coming week.

BW photograph of the loose rocks on a hiking trail looking up the trail.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Due to the amount of precipitation, some portions of some of the hiking trails in the local mountains have become a bit dicey due to the amount of loose rock that has accumulated on the downhill slopes-of course, they become the uphill inclines on the return.

BS photograph of loose rocks on a hiking trail looking straight down.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As such, this scree can make for unstable footing.  The flatter pieces will slide underfoot, while those of the rounder variety will roll as if they were ball bearings.  Adding moisture makes it all rather more slick.  One must be careful to not twist an ankle or end up on one’s backside.  With regard to the latter, my grandmother would have referred to this as “falling ass over tea kettle”.  How that expression came about, I do not know.  I absolutely understand the meaning, though.

These conditions also give a bit of a different meaning to the term “rock and roll”.

Wearing appropriate footwear and using hiking poles (a tripod makes a nice substitute) certainly helps to keep one upright.

Take care.