beavers

i went camping this weekend to clarence fahnestock state park in cold springs, ny. the weather forecast called for 90% overnight showers but since the kids had been looking forward to it for so long we decided to just go ahead and do it anyway. it was only our first time camping as a family so why not do it in the pouring rain? i had purchased a cheap tent from kmart a year or two ago, it'd never been used outside of my kids bedroom and i worried about getting soaked during the evening rainstorm. we fared well and stayed dry, despite all of my worries (i actually had a stress dream that my husband and i got up in the middle of the storm to put a layer of plastic drop cloth between the tent and the fly). better than our neighbors anyway, some of  whom i noticed ended up sleeping in their cars. if you ever end up at this park i strongly suggest campsite 36. it close to the bathrooms (but not too close), feels more situated in nature than the others, has a great view of the pond from above, and a soft, flat footprint to set up your tent. the best part of the trip was the short hike we took around pelton pond. on it's southern end i discovered several curiously cut tree stumps which i surmised must have been the work of beavers. i had never seen beaver gnawed trees before and i found them novel and beautiful. and a little creepy. the huge chunks of wood shavings besides the tree trunks made me realize how big and strong beaver teeth and jaws were. for a second i worried about killer beavers wandering into our camp in the night.

the chew marks and bites, on the stumps and trees were so precisely placed. it was fascinating to see their handiwork.

beaver stumps at pelton pond
beaver stumps at pelton pond
beaver gnawed tree
beaver gnawed tree