Over the last week the smoke has cleared out, and after a windy cold front came through over night, this morning it got down to 39 degrees. With better weather for hiking I've been up to Mehlberg's cabin and over to different spots on our 10 acres a couple of times. It feels very good to be back out hiking, especially in Fall weather. One of my favorite things are the Fall breezes that vary between cool and warm as they pass by.
On my walks I noticed spider webs dotted everywhere on the ground. On some you could see the funnel; others were flat sheets, with all of them sprinkled with bits of black and white ash. After some research I found out these are grass spider webs. The web isn't sticky, so the spider uses it as a hide where it can come out and pounce on its prey.
I found another turkey feather on the trail to the spring on the 10 acres. The end of the shaft was crushed - either plucked or bitten off.