Today was a fun little day off, I went out on a discount store run with my friends (I'll call them Percy and Daniel). There is a nice little assortment of discount food stores running along route 12 from Keene to Claremont. Ever since Percy introduced me to these stores, I've been hooked. One can find unusual health foods and ethnic ingredients for pennies on the dollar; foods that one normally can't find in the stores around here (at least not for a reasonable price).
After the shopping trip I went on one of my aimless exploratory hikes. I explored the base area of Cathole Peak, and it was dark by the time I came back down out of the woods. I think I covered about 5-6 miles, a full third of that being off-trail. I vaguely recognized the area where I came out; a field where I was flower-picking about five years ago. Fortunately, it only rained a little and this was quite the day for viewing wildlife. I had a deer and a wild turkey almost give me a heart attack (bounding & fluttering out of the thicket almost in my face), I think I'm still shaking. Unfortunately, they moved so quickly that I was unable to get pictures of most of them, but I did get a blurred shot of a porcupine climbing a tree. I also saw a coyote. A fruitful hike.... I intend to climb to the top of Cathole Peak on my next full day off.
Wake Robin, Trillium Erectum (aka "Stinkpot" due to their curiously strong stench). These are the first ones I've seen this year.