An early and very cold start to the day, met Emily and Ken for a ride (photo by Emily)
The ended with a great sunrise (Photo by Emily)
The day was spent choring including running to Lowes for supplies, so I took Steph’s dog – he is twice the size of Kodak
We met Nancy and Sam Berl for dinner
Nancy is always happiest when holding a baby.
Time to explore!
Kodak and I headed to the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness for a hike
she paused and looked at me like, “you sure old man”
She is so happy, I have missed hiking!
What do they want? What I am greeted by when I get home,
Poor Kodak doesn’t like her outfit for the family Christmas picture
Kodak sleeps on the sofa back with me
Kodak and I went for a sunrise walk on the beach
and back the the Taco
We drove around a bit and went seashell hunting
I wanted sand dollars
Then the sunset and the high tide rose to the truck
We moved the truck twice before calling it a night.
This is how I sleep, Deb is short and has space between her feet and the end of the bed, the dog instead chooses to sleep at my feet, so I have no space!
Movies Watched in camp – 1.5
Quentin Tarantino premiere’s watch in a theater – 1
Homemade Lemon Pies by Elizabeth – 2
Trucks stuck and recovered – 1
Hiking boots thrown in anger at and hitting Jay’s face – 1
Today was spent closer to camp, we started by hiking the Lakeside Trail around High Knob Lake.
Kodak was happy to go in and out of the water
Then we visited the High Flag Recreation Area overlooking Norton, VA for a picnic lunch
Norton is a Bigfoot Sanctuary city, locals call it a Woodbooger
and explored a bit
we spent the next couple of hours driving forest service and dirt roads looking for hidden camp spots or whatever else we could find… this trail dead-ended and required a 10 point turn around
The woods are full of these flowers, maybe an upside-down Cheetah Lily
Next up – going to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
As soon as I start loading the truck, Kodak is in it, I can’t leave her behind if she is in the truck I think she figures….
Before. Kerr Lake
I was up early but couldn’t run since the trail into the camp spot was under water from last night’s storm, good thing there is a waterfall to photograph. This is teh top of Wolf Creek Falls.
Just trying different angles
Sadly I chose to only bring my mirrorless Panasonic and couldn’t get the wide angle I wanted
That did force me to climb to a place I have never photographed the falls from.
Sam is ready to go…..
But even to leave, we had to use a chain saw.
Whenever we are here, we hike up Max Patch
Sam took off and hiked up alone, when I found her, this is what she was doing, I love she is happy in the moment and not because she hiked to the top.
Rain or sun?
Back to driving dirt roads.
a railroad bridge over the French Broad River in the Cherokee National Forest
of course we all crossed the bridge like in “Stand By Me.”
Camp site #2, on the banks of the French Broad.
Mini-moonshine, beer and shots of whiskey around a fire = a great night!