North American trail marks are sometimes calledducks” or “duckies”, because they sometimes have a “beak” pointing in the direction of the route.

 

 

Up, up, up we hiked to the top of the hill.  This is Dave and Kari at the summit.  I told them to stop so I could take a picture, but that was really just an excuse to catch my breath!

Up, up, up we hiked to the top of the hill. This is Dave and Kari at the summit. I told them to stop so I could take a picture, but in reality that was just an excuse so I could catch my breath!

 

This was the view from the top of Shalor Lake.  Now we get to hike down, down, down to it.  (You know what that means when we hike back!!)

This was the view from the top of Shalor Lake below. Now we get to hike down, down, down to it. (You know what that means when it’s time to hike back!!)

 

The hike to Shalor Lake started out as a nice dirt path up the hill.  But once we reached the top the hike down to the lake was mostly granite rock.  We had to rely entirely on ducks to find the trail.  (Ducks are rocks piled at least three high to mark a trail.)

It became a game to see who could spot the next duck.  I think Kari won because she had no problem finding her way down to the lake!

 

 

6-25-15 Ducks 2

One of many ducks that marked the granite trail.

 

A BIG thank you to all the hikers that came before us on this trail to take the time to make these ducks.