How do you just go for a walk and find bones and stuff? Seriously, is it just like, off the trails or in parts of the woods that people don’t go in? I feel like I spend a decent amount of time in the woods and I’ve never found stuff as cool as the stuff you find!
Mostly luck and location. That raccoon skeleton was very near a trail but pretty much only deer use it now, I actually followed the real trail until it sadly was so overgrown I couldn’t really continue, so I followed game trails back the way I’d come. The skeleton was very near where a game trail connected with the real trail, I had missed it when I went by the first time.
After a while you do get good at glancing around and spotting things outside the norm. I’m a slow hiker, I look around constantly.
Going off trail can damage sensitive environments, so I wouldn’t advise it but it really depends on the area. In Iceland it was very sad to see tourists ignoring the “keep out” signs and boundary lines for photo ops, and you could see the lasting damaging even footprints did to the slowly growing mosses and lichens. Here if you go off a trail the likelihood of getting a tick is much higher, and this is lyme disease country so that can be very bad. Also depending on the area it might be easy to get lost.
I wrote in my beach collection post that I tend to find things most when I’m not actively looking for them, but when I’m enjoying myself and the environment fully. I realized today that hiking, walking, and being outside in general are like mindfulness exercises for me. Being mindful of the moment and everything around me helps me zoom in on the “unusual” I think. Like when you’re trying to find something that is moving, paying attention to everything in your whole field of vision that isn’t moving helps.
Er I hope that all made sense, I have had a very long day.