Welcome fellow hikers and fans thereof! I am Johnny Null. Znara was kind enough to bring me in, allowing me to share some of my shots and experiences in the great outdoors. While she brings to the table years of experience in the realms of hiking and camping in addition to an amazing ability to recount her journey and share poignant moments, I offer none of that. But I hope to be entertaining enough while I learn to retain more in memory, and not just wander around to look at the pretties. Which is basically my nature.
Going back to the end of July, while Znara, Pusher, and Clean Sweep were tackling the Onondaga Trail under the yoke of a high heat index, I went out for a leisurely stroll along the Salmon River Trail (Znara has done this trail previously.). My week off of work became a working vacation, and I was chomping at the bit to get time outside.
Regular readers of this blog know that Znara has a penchant for photographing mushrooms and such. Thus, part of my intention was to be a representative for her in the Fungi Kingdom.
After beginning to feel like I was not going to find any particularly cool mushrooms (with apologies to the adorable guy above), I came across this less subtle spore-y installation.
The heat that encumbered the crew on the Onondaga was not confined to New York, and there were columns of thick humidity that ran through the trees as I trundled on. I tend to wear sandals in the summer, and I could hear and feel the occasional squish around my feet as sweat began to pool up. Thankfully I wasn’t really climbing up and down in altitude much on this hike, as I left my water in the car.
(These two tidbits close the first installation of my “Don’t Do What I Do” segment.)
I was not the only one hoping to cool off in a vast pool of water. Please note the documented proof of water-induced tomfoolery. It’s hard to tell from this shot, but this particular fungus seems to be adept at condensing water vapor into droplets that hang from it. Anyhow, I think the little slugling may be smiling.
For a final bit of Don’t Do What I Do, I chose to take this hike while being one half of the backup plan in the case of an emergency on Znara’s hike. She was carrying a Spot satellite messenger, of which I was an emergency contact. This was my first time in this role (naturally). Thankfully the other half was still in contact and is experienced and responsible. He and Znara worked together to get a hold of help when the heat finally overwhelmed one of the hikers in her little pack.
I was able to take a snapshot of this tiny waterfall before getting enough of a signal to alert me to what happened on the Onondaga Trail. I took off on as much trail running as I’m capable. About an hour later I got the update of the EMT and I was able to finish my small reserve of water. Which was quite hot sitting in the car.