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July 26, 2019

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Today was spent closer to camp, we started by hiking the Lakeside Trail around High Knob Lake.

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Kodak was happy to go in and out of the water

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Then we visited the High Flag Recreation Area overlooking Norton, VA for a picnic lunch

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Norton is a Bigfoot Sanctuary city, locals call it a Woodbooger

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and explored a bit

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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

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The woods are full of these flowers, maybe an upside-down Cheetah Lily

 

Next up – going to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

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July 24, 2019

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Another day in the Jefferson National Forest and the Falls of Dismal

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We had the place to ourselves, we hiked up the creek, explored the rocks and I swam around to see if I could jump from the top (I couldn’t) This is a great spot on a warm day to swim and picnic!

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The afternoon was spent packing up camp to move further west, getting stuck behind an accident and waiting for Lifeflight (which circled and left) setting up a new camp, and visiting High Knob Lookout Tower for the sunset.

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Love

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I always tell my students, when photographing a sunrise or sunset, turn around and photograph what is being illuminated by the light!

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Jan. 1, 2017

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2017 started with a hike through the trails at Carolina Beach State Park. One of my resolutions this year is the #52hikechallenge – to average one hike a week during the year.

Hike #1 of the year, a big loop hitting almost every trail in the park, 2 hours and 40 minutes and ~6 miles. We had two goals:

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Sugarloaf Trail, leading to Sugarloaf sand dune, a 55 foot tall dune used on navigation charts since 1663 for river pilots on the Cape Fear River.

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Someone left a rope swing.

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and Flytrap Trail, searching for wild Venus Flytraps – thanks to the eagle eyed Clarks for finding a pair of them –

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just a cactus, but cool to see it with fruit in the “wild”

 

On the way back to the start, we saw a bunch of buzzards in the woods – there must be something there – so we investigated….

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a fresh coyote

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fox

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feet and ears

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We debated why so many remains in one spot. Choice 1 – Park employees dump road kill here. Choice 2 – Park employees kill problem animals and dump here (but if the fox was suspected of rabies, seems unlikely) Choice 3 – We have entered a VERY BAD place.

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Before heading home, we headed back to the beach and just watched the ocean. Welcome 2017!