It was a perfect Indian Summer day. Low Sixties. We got a late start but tried to fit in a nature walk, probably the last one for 2009. It was 3 PM. Sundown in an hour. Allendale beckoned.
The floor of the woods was covered with fallen leaves and trails were covered. You could see through the trees so we were very disoriented.
It turns out we went a way that we never even knew existed. There was plenty of beauty to be seen.
We found places that, when the weather is warm next year, might be good herpin' spots.
But with a mere hour to look around, we had to start back towards the car, herpless.
We continued to flip logs and stuff, but it was looking bad. After all, it had already snowed and it had been fucking COLD!!!
Hey! Guess what?! We found a redback under a log! Intrepid warrior that he was, our final herp of 2009 was waiting to be see and get his close-up!
So ended 2009's herping. We had some good luck and some lousy luck, but any time that you can get out and see nature, it's not bad at all.