I got in the car planning to head to Kennekuk, but I unthinkingly turned right rather than left at the end of the lane. Oh well, I thought, it's not such a hardship to drive through Kickapoo. But on a whim, instead of taking the turn off Newtown Road to Kickapoo, I went straight and up to Middlefork Stake Fish and Wildlife Area. I've been meaning to explore up there since I started hiking regularly, but haven't gotten around to it. I found myself in pleasant surroundings on a lovely day, and started walking on some trails. The trails themselves were clear, but the intersections were even worse marked than the ones in the north area of Kickapoo I started exploring last weekend. I got genuinely lost and actually found myself having made a perhaps one-mile circle when I was trying to leave, but from there managed to find my way out. Fortunately, it's not a big enough area to really get dangerously lost in, and I fond my way back to my car after probably a little over 5 miles of total walking. Then I decided I wasn't walked out and went off in a different direction for another mile or so.
There were more butterflies today than I've seen before this summer. I still couldn't say there were lots of them, but at least there were a decent number. Also many summer flowers. Birds were singing everywhere, but seldom visible. I didn't have a camera today because there was still a chance of rain in the forecast, so no pictures of any of this.