Green Fall redux

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The beautiful pond in the photo is Green Fall pond. Once again,  Green Fall claims a spot in my top three most awesome hikes in RI. Actually, while we get on the trail in RI near Camp Yawgoog ( the Boy Scout reservation) we hike much of it in CT.

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I love the way the river just slides over the smooth rock. This is a good spot to pause, drink some water, and acknowledge how lucky you are to be here.

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Here’s another view of the pond, from a huge, lichen-covered rock. I love lichen.

Several things set this hike apart from most others in our tiny, and largely flat state: it’s varied and interesting throughout, except for the very last bit which involves about a mile on a dirt road. We try to get this over with as quickly as possible, and the faster we walk, the more we get our heart rates up, which is always good.

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It is also quite demanding in some sections. There’s a rock scramble involving much grunting and the occasional curse, a slippery, narrow passage through a stunning gorge, and a kind of gnarly river crossing on a few unstable, slippery logs.

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Above, you can see my blaze-clad companions negotiating the maze of slippery roots in the gorge.

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Here’s that bridge I mentioned…..We all made it without getting soaked.

Another view of the crossing, with our fearless leader half way over it.

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The sides of the gorge are rather steep, and covered with mosses and ferns, which were still green on this December morning.

This boulder was sporting the wild version of a “Chia Pet.”

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It had been a rough week, and I was feeling really tired and stressed out when I started this hike. After less than an hour, my worries had vanished as they always do in the great outdoors.

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Green Fall redux

  1. What a beautiful place to spend time and relax in. That first photo is spectacular!

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  2. Lee May says:

    Just when I think your hiking areas couldn’t be more beautiful, you come up with one like this. Is that boulder wearing tree fern? I lust after the lichen, and as always, the mosses send me.

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