Our Backyard Walk Through the Pines at the Base of Gillette Hill near Dothan Brook The Upper Valley, White River Junction, Hartford

It is sometimes a source of levity to live in a place with so many names.

 

This friendly stump helps us to start our walk off right, reminding us of the hazards of short roots.

This friendly stump helps us to start our walk off right, reminding us of the hazards of short roots.

The bark from old birch is surprisingly water proof and nearly decay-resistant. It is a material worth working with as a ground for writing.

The bark from old birch is surprisingly water proof and nearly decay-resistant. It is a material worth working with as a ground for writing.

A wood decay fungi. These are not just ornamental, they increase the soil fertility.

A wood decay fungi. These are not just ornamental, they increase the soil fertility.

It is important not to harvest birch bark from a living tree. These can be windows into the tree's remembered past.  We wonder how many skunks and raccoons, black bears and deer, foxes and moose have passed by this nook to admire the peel on this tree.

It is important not to harvest birch bark from a living tree. These can be windows into the tree's remembered past.  We wonder how many skunks and raccoons, black bears and deer, foxes and moose have passed by this nook to admire the peel on this tree.

View from Gillette Hill, looking East over the Connecticut River, towards Lebanon New Hampshire, and Signal Hill.

View from Gillette Hill, looking East over the Connecticut River, towards Lebanon New Hampshire, and Signal Hill.