This weekend, Erin and I visited my mother in Virginia for her birthday. While we were there, the three of us took a walk at Occoneechee State Park, a lovely and magical place, especially in the fall.
While there, we found evidence of a snacky hiker….
…and, further down the path, evidence of…(not too loud, now)… fairy bowling!
Okay, so they’re really osage oranges, which apparently were pretty popular among Native Americans: the wood of the osage orange tree is really frickin strong, flexible, and durable, so it made good bows and hunting clubs. My friend Rob once told me that Indians would use osage oranges as a kind of currency, since they were easy to carry around and could be traded as a valuable, wood producing fruit. Kinda neat. I left these where they were though, since I don’t need to make any bows or clubs.
Some other neat tiny things we found…
Also, check out these two trees that have grown together:
We also encountered a magical, parallel universe, inhabited by a wolf and her human companion. It was on the other side of a stream, and we would have had to cross a fallen log bridge in order to get there. But we weren’t sure if we could get back, so we decided to stay in our own universe. For now, anyway.