Finally, the Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) A. Camus) is fading away. Invading the woodland all summer, this tall weed has made navigation difficult, especially since I like to know where (or what on) I’m stepping. Admittedly, the grass has kept me from traveling through some of my favorite places in which it thrives.
Now, with the vegetation dying back, pathways are easier to find, making these visits inviting again. This seasonal return to the woods has made me realize how having a place to walk is as important to a satisfying outdoor routine as having the time to walk.