On Wednesday evening, I did some more exploring with Sean and the dogs. This time we checked out an unamed Foot Traffic Road off of VA-460 between Pandapas Pond and VA-708.
Our journey started on an old gravel road. Just when I thought there would be nothing out of the ordinary about this trek, we came to a large clearing.
We explored the field a bit, then ventured into the woods and surprise! We found overselves on the Poverty Creek Trail again! (On a different section this time)
Here is where the most fascinating part of the trip occurred. This section of the creek was occupied by beavers. I’ve always heard the phrase “busy as a beaver”, but I never thought too much about it. I liked the saying because of the alliteration; I never speculated on the accuracy.
But looking at the extent of the work at Poverty Creek, I can declare that statement is dead-on. The amount of downed trees in the area was astounding. And some of the trees they took on were rather large. Not sequoia large, mind you, but large enough for me to realize beavers have ambition that rivals most Olympic athletes.
It was hard for me to get a picture that truly captured how many trees the beavers took down, so I settled for a number of shots showing just a very small fraction of their handiwork.
The outing was only about an hour, but it was enough to get some fresh air, some exercise…and obtain some healthy admiration for the work ethic of beavers.