I first noticed a purple splotch on a tree further up the trail but it didn't register because I was thinking about the right turn after you cross the stream and why I have kept that a 90 degree turn and not changed it to be a swooping turn. Anyway, further down there was more purple paint, here and there, and then I noticed on the rock. Why? Isn't this trail clear enough?
Looks like the DEEP finally took care of the Wasps nest on the Gussy by the Snotober Reroute. Not sure if it was too little, too late, because now that I think about it, over the years there always seems to be a nest of this size in the area and I wonder if they are like salmon and come back to the area that they were born in, the queens that is. From reading various inputs around the interwebs, it seems that the workers and drones die at the end of the season and the queens go hibernate for the winter. Come next spring, they emerge and start afresh.
On the other side of the forest, near the Echo Valley entrance, there is a part of a tree that has split off and is now a widow maker. It's not hanging over the forest road but it will make a nice skinny when it comes down.