The summer has been hot and dry. Many of the small streams which meander through the forest became devoid of water.
This particular stream was blocked with fallen trees and debris; I decided to spend a day and clear the waterway so it would flow freely when the rain returned.
What I discovered as I was cutting my way up the creek was that it was being used by the local wildlife as a pathway to move through the forest.
Most importantly, brother Bear had left its mark in the mud.