Some friends of mine have a "farm" that's been in the family for 60 years out in the boonies of east KS. In reality however the land has been allowed to run wild for the past 50 years and is now some of the prettiest woods you ever did see. They only use the land for occasional family day trips where they mostly stay by the lake contained on the property and fish. They haven't even used it for an overnight camping trip in all that time. Anyway, this weekend they invited me and some other friends out there for the day. Here are a few pictures I took.
When they were describing the land to me, all they talked about was how it wasn't really fit for camping because of how overgrown it is. I did my best to explain to them that that only made me want to experience it that much more, but I don't think they understood. When you hear the screech of branches on your car while you're getting to a site, that's a good thing. There was no road to speak of.
I watched them trying to start a fire with a couple green twigs and a match until I couldn't stand it any more and explained that prep work was 90% of fire building.
The whole group started to go on a hike, but only made it about a quarter mile before deciding to turn back and enjoy the lake, so I continued on my own and hiked the whole property. I saw some country that (aside from trespassers) probably hadn't been seen in 50 years at least. There are no trails except those made by wildlife.
Some of it was pretty thick, but those are the places where you sometimes find real gems. This guy was hiding under a log in some lowlands. I counted 5 tines on the more complete antler. The land hasn't been hunted at all since they acquired it because some of the relatives who also have a stake in the property are ardent environmentalists, vegans, and animal lovers. The number and size of the deer on the property makes me go numb just thinking about it, but more on that later.
New hood ornament?
Pretty fall colors, but don't touch.
Some more miscellaneous pics.