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Stinging Needles
Roll in a patch of stinging nettle and you'll think it's a spelling mistake. Nettle's stinging needles, as whispy as whiskers, are hollow and filled with formic acid which can cause burning, even blistering. Though aboriginal medicinal uses were various the principle technological use was as a source of hemp-like fiber for making thread and string. Stalks were picked late in the year when prickles had largely dropped off. Fibers were separated by rubbing or beating and then spun into thin threads. Those in turn could be braided to form thicker, stronger twine for weaving fine cloth, making fish nets and fishing line and, rarely, string bikinis.
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07
Feb
2007
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Rice Lake E-mail
(10 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: Getting to Lynn Headwaters
Level: Very Easy
Distance: 4 km r/t
Time: 2 h
Elevation Change: 25 m
Map: 92 G/6
Season: Year Round

By far the easiest hike in the area is the pleasant 4 km saunter around Rice Lake. To reach the lake head up the hill to the right of the information board. Follow the directional signs to Rice Lake on the left side of the road. At the dock, pause to ask the trout fishermen about their luck and, out of curiosity, peer into the water along the pilings. Depending on the time of the year you're bound to see countless salamanders. Suspended in the water too, those tiny orange specks are, in reality, a fresh water cousin to the brine shrimp of "sea-monkey" fame. The fresh water variety are called daphnia or water fleas.

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