[at-l] Trail relo

bluetrail at aol.com bluetrail at aol.com
Thu May 19 08:36:38 CDT 2011

Some trails in Florida (side trails off the FT) are blazed white.  There's also a white lichen that grows on trees here; that makes it difficult to distinguish lichen from blaze at a distance.  So I feel your pain with yellow blazes and yellow leaves.

Your disorientation at doing the same trail in an opposite way is why I don't object to yo-yo hikes.  Somehow I always see things on the return that I totally missed on the way out.


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From: Mike Cunningham <hikermiker at yahoo.com>
To: Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com>; Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
Cc: at-L <at-L at backcountry.net>
Sent: Wed, May 18, 2011 1:18 pm
Subject: Re: [at-l] Trail relo

I have gotten disoriented twice on familiar trails.
Both were loops. On one I had always done it clockwise & so decided to do it the opposite way. It was then that I discovered it had only been blazed in one direction.
On the other I had not done it in a while & since all of the leaves had turned yellow, it was tough to follow the yellow blazes.

--- On Tue, 5/17/11, Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [at-l] Trail relo
To: "Tom McGinnis" <sloetoe at yahoo.com>
Cc: at-L at backcountry.net
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 2:27 PM

I've actually been disoriented by the change of seasons on trails I know. Sometimes it is amazing how much different things can look after the leaves fall. Even with no relocations of the trail it can look like an entirely different place.

Jim Bullard

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM, Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com> wrote:

### I'd go much further, so far as to substitute "violated" for "disoriented" -- I think this is the nature of objection when big changes come to specific hills, dips, even trees and brooks, when we have come to regard these (micro-!)landmarks as stable and stabilizing... A thought, anyways.


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