Sam

August 1, 2017

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Vacation Day 4 – We headed back to Panther Falls and had the place to ourselves. Jumped off the rocks, swam, tried to find the cave entrance behind the waterfall, and had lunch. After lunch, a couple other groups had arrived, our cue to leave!

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Crabtree Falls – Hike #26 #52hikechallenge

This was a more strenuous hike than we thought, mainly cause it is straight up. The waterfalls were pretty – something about being tallest east of something or another….

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but needed more water flow

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Sam adds a cairn to the 100s built along the trail.

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But this Copperhead was not interested in a cairn…

July 8, 2017

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We slept in and decided what to do… we had several miles back to the truck and a side trail for a waterfall – Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields – so we started back.

Hike #23 of #52hikechallenge

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We enjoyed a lunch and quick swim in the cold water and finished up… the threat of rain and tired legs, we decided to come back and try the Black Balsam Knob from a different trail head next time.

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After dropping the packs at the truck, we did the short hike to Lower Falls – enjoyed a swim and headed home.

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through 7 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A 10 out of 10 weekend!

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A Land Cruiser and clouds….

July 7, 2017

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Time for a backpacking trip, we had wanted to do Black Balsam Knob area so I decided to lengthen the loop at start at Graveyard Fields off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I knew we were in trouble right away, I didn’t have a map, or mileage idea of the loop, them the trails were not blazed at all… within 2 miles we ran into a family walking the wrong direction…. I had a general description of what I wanted to do…

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After leaving the Graveyard Fields trail, we started climbing on the Mountains to Sea trail, and I knew we had to descend again to cross the Yellow Prang, and we stayed on the “obvious” trail, which only completely disappeared in this mire….

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again, with no blaze to follow we backtracked (only got lost once doing that) and made our way back down to find a camp site

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a very peaceful night – made even easier since I brought a camp stove and Sam’s favorite freeze dried meal – only to discover I didn’t include matches…. doh!

Hike #22 of #52hikechallenge

PS it was Kodak’s first backpacking trip.

May 28, 2017

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The end of the road (beach) on the South Banks.

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Sam

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or just the Tacomas

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the tide was perfect for shell hunting

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Then over to the lighthouse

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We cooked dinner and watched the sunset

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Shrimp boats

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Then we headed back to find a place to camp for our 6:30am ferry.

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Well crap, thunderstorm warning, lightning, and wind. We slept (or tried) in the truck cab till about 12:30am and gave up and set-up the Flippacs.

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May 27, 2017

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After the hike we camped for the night, waiting for our morning ferry to Cape Lookout – the South Core Banks. Kodak seemed happy to back at the beach.

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We drove around looking for a secluded area to camp and found this fresh turtle track, she must have laid her eggs hours before.

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This site is perfect, can’t see a camper down either side!

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Clay fishes for bait.

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Sunset

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Kay wanted her picture with her fish – then it jumped (or whatever fish do)

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Light painting – two Tacomas with Flippacs.

 

May 14, 2017

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Mother’s Day – Breakfast in bed. (Uncle Wayne, do you recognize the pan?)

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Deb went back to bed to celebrate her day and I went for bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is me trying to rescue a snake.

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Then some work around the “mountain place” including yard work and finding thsi salamander.

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Then it was time to hike. #19 #52hikechallenge – Gragg Prong Falls. Sam and I started last year to hike to these falls, but it was getting woods dark and we didn’t have a place to camp yet so we turned around, really glad we went back, awesome place and great swimming hole when it warms up.

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The whole hike is beautiful!

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There are a couple of creek crossings, in the end we gave up trying to keep the boots dry!