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Devil's Walking Stick

November 18, 2020

I grew up in the Maryland foothills in a house on a ridge overlooking 200 acres of woods.  The area had been logged 30 years before, but trees grow quickly there, and there are a nice mix of tree species.  One species, devil's walking stick,  grows there and in Chicago, too.  It has many very sharp thorns along its trunk.   When I was a kid walking in those woods with my dad on a very steep high slope above a stream, I started to slip over the side and I grabbed the nearest tree, which unfortunately was a devil's walking stick, and while it broke my slide, it was a painful handful of thorns.

Since it was a frequent hiking trail for us, my Dad decided to make the path a little safer.

And he made a walking stick for me out of the devil's walking stick. 


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