Orienteering (mapping) 3:00:00  3.0 mi (1:00:00 / mi)
Decided to get some mapping in. Fortunately I have a map right in my back yard. I hadn't updated it in a few years because it is normally a summer series thing and the chiggers and ticks got so bad the last few years I didn't want to got into it. Being still early in the year it was a good mapping time. I did find one tick on my when I finished.
When I started off at 11:00, it was sunny and 65. Then it got overcast and started raining. It wasn't raining hard so I just kept on mapping and protected my paper copies. It was a short rain so it worked out ok. After a little while it started raining again. Then stopped. Then the sun came out but the wind really picked up. It got really windy and I am was in the middle of a forest in transition. Whenever I stopped to update the map I looked up to make sure there weren't dead branches upwind of me. Small stuff was breaking off the trees and some of the trees were really bending. I was thinking about heading home when a tree near me up rooted and fell over. I was about 15 feet from it. Let me tell you, when a tree falls in the woods it makes a lot of noise. I decided to head home at that point.
When I got home one of my neighbors trees has broken in half also.
The good news is the woods have generally gotten a less green. I mapped a section I have never mapped previously There was actually some interesting things up in them.
I also saw one green garden snake sunning itself.