This photo of a puncheon was taken yesterday less than a mile from the Len Foote Hike Inn. The crew installing it — and many others — was fearlessly led by Richard Wannall who told me that the correct terminology for a wooden creation designed to transport hikers mudlessly over boggy areas is called a puncheon. The stout 6×6 bottom pieces supporting the treadway are sills, and the 2×6 horizontal walkway pieces are called stringers. Being in a feisty state of mind, I argued that I thought they should be called bog logs, the term I’ve heard used in New England. Richard replied that if I did not keep my mouth shut (always a struggle for me) he would soon be “Puncheon Judy,” thereby creating perhaps the worst pun ever uttered on the Hike Inn Trail, if not planet earth. Regardless, the puncheons are installed and many a trail runner will be spared a coating of black mud in future years. If you have not been hiking this year, get out there. (Photo by Roy Stallings, all rights reserved).