Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dolly Sods for the Other 4 Senses

We've got lots of pictures of previous trips to Dolly Sods (here and here, for example) so it wasn't too much of a disaster that our camera was being fixed when we went on our annual pilgrimage. But it made me think about all the other senses that never get reported on when we're just posting pictures:

  • The sound of wood thrushes calling to each other every time you walk through a forested grove amid the bogs;
  • The smell of the pine and spruce in those groves;
  • All-you-can-eat blueberries and serviceberries everywhere you turn;
  • The feeling of taking off your pack at the end of a hike, and soaking your feet in a cold stream.
Beyond the visual beauty, these are the reasons we keep going back. Especially the berries. We hit peak season just right this year.