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Kentucky Color: A Trained Eye
By Billy Joe Fudge, President
Homeplace on Green River, Inc.
When you're 68 years old and trying to claw your way up an almost vertical dirt hillside with few footholds and handholds, you find yourself searching for the slightest advantage.
Often times that advantage is found in the form of a deer trail. However, during a winter season such as this one which has had no snow to flatten and paste the leaves to the soil beneath, it takes a trained eye to locate them on ultra steep slopes. The leaves are fluffy and are easily moved around by the wind, filling up the narrow, shallow cuts circumventing the slopes.
I've found that the degree of desperation is directly relative to the level of one's training of the senses and in this case desperation was responsible for finding this toe to heel trail (photo).
A toe to heel trail is one so narrow that it will not allow the one to set one's feet side by side; kinda like walking on a balance beam, if you will. At any rate, there goes the trail out and upward. Can you see it?
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