Orienteering 1:18:47  *** 6.14 km (12:50 / km) +73m 12:07 / km
spiked:13/15c slept:6.5 shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #3
Fun run around Stratton Brook on the Green course. I forgot to start my Forerunner until punching at the first control, so I added the time (which was on my splits printout) and estimated the extra distance based on my route. Nominal SL 5.0 km; courses by Bill Duncan.
Since I hadn't orienteered since West Point, and since I messed up the first control (and some others) badly last time here, I started out slowly and carefully. Managed to use attackpoints well and founds things generally where I was looking for them. To 11 (#51), I wasn't sure where to leave the big trail but figured I'd hit the stream where all the big bends were; I hit the stream NW of the control point, figured it out, and turned the correct way, but I'm not calling it a "spike." The other one that gave me difficulty was 14 (#32), near the west edge of the map. I didn't attack from a definite point (like the trail jct NE) and the map is a bit funny in this area so I missed it; didn't waste too much time before I headed back towards the big trail, and happened onto the flag. Practiced bashing through the young pines and sometimes dead branches.
AOWN / flora: Saw numerous star flowers, some trilliums, and (excited!) two Lady Slippers!! I don't get out that much in the right habitat for them (mostly pine woods) and was surprised to see these not too far from the parking lot. There were other sprouts indicating several more would be blooming in that area in the coming weeks. Cool!