|The homestead/hobo site is above the elbow of the horizontal track.|
The larger woods is primarily swamp and is 90% soft maple with a smattering of cottonwood, hackberry, burr and swamp white oak. The primary trees were mostly 16" to 18" diameter with a few up to 20" diameter.
On the west end of the larger woods is a site that The Captain thinks might be an old homestead. He bases that guess on the orchard of old fruit trees.
|This is half of an enormous apple tree that split and each half continued to grow. A scion from this tree fell into my pocket.|
|Another apple tree|
|Some of them are falling over. The tree that is deepest in the frame is a pear tree. The existence of multiple tree species and the fairly even spacing suggests human intervention. I also took a scion from the pear tree.|
|An apple tree with good anchorage. Based on this tree's size it could have grown from a seed planted circa 1960.|
|Plum pits at the site. So one more species to add to the list.|
Another factor suggesting a hobo camp is the complete lack of stone on the site. Nothing. No smokehouse, not chimney, no square foundation or root cellar pit.
|A coyote skull.|
|Three drains coming together in the smaller woods and flowing from right-to-left. Three drains, three different colors of water. The tea colored water coming from the middle drain is interesting.|
|Portions of the drain have a gravel bottom and looks like it could support trout.|
|A prime squirrel woods. Red oak, hickory and burr oak in about that order.|