Hiking - Birthday Hike

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My 2018 birthday started with what seems to now be a birthday tradition: we went for a hike! This time was on the Appalachian Trail to go check out our hiking log. Our destination was a two hour round trip walk, which left plenty of time to do something else with the remainder of the day.

 

As mentioned in last week's post, the woods are full of various types of mushrooms this year. This hike was no different. However, instead of taking photos of fungi, I decided to keep an eye out for living creatures.

Hiking - Birthday Hike

 

I'll start with a tip. When you go on an early morning hike, don't volunteer to lead the way. The person in front is the one that will walk into all the spider webs that were built during the night. Don't be that person!

 

As soon as my husband agreed to take over the lead, he stopped to show me the masterpiece shown here. Apparently, spiders can make these orb webs in an hour or so. But what I could never figure out is, how do spiders make webs between trees that could be yards apart? Any description I've found says they attach a thread between two objects. But if it's yards apart, how do they do that? Do they attach to one tree and then fling their body to another? Do they climb down and back up? Hmmm.

 

We passed the spider and continued along the path. It was a very humid morning and I was actually surprised to see any forest life at all. As soon as I finished thinking that very thing, we saw several deer. Unfortunately all of them were too far away and behind too many trees to get a good photo.

 

Deer weren't the only animals out that morning. I almost stepped on this tiny salamander to the left.  I believe it's an eastern (red-spotted) newt. An amazing fact is that they can live up to 15 years - if not crunched under a hiker's boot. The newt secretes poisonous toxins and the bright color is supposed to serve as a warning to predators. I'm very glad I spared his life - they eat mosquito larvae which is helpful in keeping down the population of those bugs.

 

Besides seeing a few more deer, the only other organism of interest was the common earthworm. The one pictured here was a few inches long, which is about normal. These only live a few years.

 

Their entire role in life seems to be to digest earth and all the associated nutrients, and to then release a more fertile material that improves the mineral-richness of the soil. Apparently, they also improve drainage by aerating the dirt.

 

By the way, did you know earthworms have both male and female reproductive organs? When two worms mate, they both put sperm in the other's body. And then through a process I can't begin to describe, they combine their own eggs with the sperm from the other worm. Seems like it would be even better to use their own sperm and own eggs, but I'm sure there's a reason it doesn't work that way.

 

So, my birthday hike ended with sightings of four deer, a worm, salamander and multiple spiders. What did you see on your last hike?

 

For more posts regarding hiking, click here!

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Rainmaker
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Creepy crawley things are best viewed on the internet !:)

Sep 04, 2018 10:37 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Kat - your description of the salamander made me remember seeing many of them in the Poconos in Pennsylvania which I was a scout.  I remember catching them.

Sep 04, 2018 01:04 PM #3
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Libby Cousins
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Happy belated birthday Kat! It sounds like fun was had and like you think like I do. I wonder the same things about spiders building webs. I also like to research things when I see them to learn more as I always have questions. 

Sep 04, 2018 02:41 PM #4
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Thank you! I hope your September is wonderful as well!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Haha, I guess you don't like creepy crawlers?

Grant Schneider - Thank you for commenting - there really are a lot of those tiny salamanders around!

Sep 04, 2018 06:15 PM #5
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Libby Cousins - It's so interesting to see things, and then find out about them! Earthworms don't have any breathing apparatus - they breathe through their skin. HUH?

Sep 04, 2018 06:16 PM #6
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Kathy Streib
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Kat- I love your birthday tradition!  I have the same fascination about spiderwebs. How do they do that??? They have to rank even higher than those who build those huge bridges and buildings. 

Sep 05, 2018 07:20 AM #7
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Brian England
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What a wonderful way to spend your birthday and I am glad it was enjoyed!  That is very interesting about how a spider makes a web between branches or whatever that are yards apart, I have never really thought of it, but it makes a spider web even more amazing to me.

Sep 05, 2018 08:03 AM #8
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Kat. What a neat birthday you enjoyed. I see animals daily and look for them: some in my yard and most in my neighborhood.

Sep 05, 2018 09:02 AM #9
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Kathy Streib - I just don't know! It sounds like quite a marvel of engineering.

Brian England - It's more amazing to me too! Magic!

Sheila Anderson - And if we look, animals are everywhere!

Sep 05, 2018 12:18 PM #10
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Enjoy your birthday week.  This post is the reason I stay out of the woods.. all those live critters.  Eeeek.

Sep 05, 2018 03:11 PM #11
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Sharon Tara
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First, Happy Birthday!

Second, I don't hike that much, but when I do I hope to avoid as much wildlife as possible. LOL

That spider web is amazing!

Sep 05, 2018 08:53 PM #12
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Tammy Lankford,  - Haha, they're everywhere!

Sharon Tara - Thank you! That spider web was so thick! Most of the wildlife wants to stay away from us as well.

Sep 06, 2018 03:58 AM #13
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 I seem to clear out spiderwebs every morning when I go outside. I don’t try to but I feel like some character out of Gullivers travels each day on each trail Kat...

Sep 06, 2018 05:30 AM #14
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Oh, I'm so glad you took time for YOU on your birthday, Kat and a hike with your hubby sounds perfect! Enjoy celebrating your birthday for the rest of the month!

Sep 06, 2018 10:42 AM #15
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Belated happy birthday. I agree on the spider webs, I recently went to see a property with my son and it was 120 acres mostly wooded so we ended up walking, he has video of me waving the property details as I walk ahead trying to clear a path through the webs.

Sep 06, 2018 10:44 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - Those spiders are quite numerous!

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Hiking is a fantastic way to start any day, and I love the idea of a birthday MONTH. 

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Thank you! Haha, I can picture you and the webs - first thing in the morning they are all over the place!

Sep 06, 2018 12:38 PM #17
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Bruce Walter
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Kat, I just had to chuckle with your comment about breaking the trail and running into spiders!  I was doing some late yard work and had to pass through a narrow opening and ran into a spider web as it was almost twilight!  Yuk!!!

I had to return about an hour later and guess what?  The spider had put up another web in that short amount of time that I ran into, now in total darkness.  So, your post did give me a chuckle and hopefully it will remind me to keep my eyes open!  

Sep 07, 2018 07:20 PM #18
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Kat Palmiotti
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Bruce Walter - Yuk! Bring a flashlight! Running into webs is gross. 

(Your story gave ME a chuckle)

Sep 08, 2018 03:41 AM #19
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John Henry
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I think spiders start on one side and go with the wind out to another stable twig.

Nice to have that beautiful forest nearby.

Oct 01, 2018 10:53 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
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John Henry - Can they swing yards in distance? It boggles my mind when I see a spider that has made a web between two trees that are about 5 or 6 feet apart. How can they possibly do that?

Oct 01, 2018 10:56 AM #21
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