The "bottom" of the valley had a bunch of very old, mostly filled in, beaver ponds. Now, I'm going to move through this area quickly in this part of the description of the hike, but in reality this section of the hike took a long time. I probably took between 30 minutes to an hour going a total of 300 to 400 yards of trail. Because, it took me that long to figure out which way the trail went after I reached this area.
A little aside. I've been "lost" before. Sigh, more than once. As in, just where am I and what direction is my vehicle/camp/etc. It's never fun. So, when I get to a point that I sense a "possibility" of getting lost (or, turned around), I nowadays come to a complete dead stop and spend a lot of time just looking around. And, after that, I move very slowly never losing a sense of what direction to "go back" if I am unable to find a way forward. Understand, there are some circumstance (traveling cross country) where you leave the trails behind. But in those situations you (normally) have a compass and a very good topo map that can be used to get you from one point another without getting lost (or you are following one river, etc.). Well, this was NOT one of those situations. This is a moderately to heavily forested area with lots of rolling hills, no real natural signposts (nice mountain sticking up close by : ), and, oh yes, I did not have a compass. So, slow slow.