Another “on my run” picture. I wanted till sunset to run hoping it would cool down, it didn’t but at least it was pretty!
The end of the road (beach) on the South Banks.
or just the Tacomas
the tide was perfect for shell hunting
Then over to the lighthouse
We cooked dinner and watched the sunset
Then we headed back to find a place to camp for our 6:30am ferry.
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.
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.
We drove around looking for a secluded area to camp and found this fresh turtle track, she must have laid her eggs hours before.
This site is perfect, can’t see a camper down either side!
Clay fishes for bait.
Kay wanted her picture with her fish – then it jumped (or whatever fish do)
Light painting – two Tacomas with Flippacs.
The sun sets on the South Carolina sticker on my sister’s RAV4
Tonight’s sunset at work!
Sam and I head to the beach to celebrate the New Year. When we arrived on Friday evening, we set up camp, made dinner and walked along the beach on Snows Cut off the Cape Fear River at low tide.
Big trees needed to be walked over/on
and a cold evening around the Little Red Campfire (propane campfire) playing cards.
Driving home sunset.
It was time for Sam and my annual backpacking trip and the great late October weather made the mountains an easy choice. This year we tried a new to us section of the Appalachian Trail.
We started at Carvers Gap on the Tennessee and North Carolina border and headed north, just over 14 miles back to my truck!
This is almost straight out of the camera, Blue Ridge glory!
The hike features 5 peaks over 5,000 feet and several balds (clear mountain tops) and we quickly reached the first couple, Round Bald (5,826ft) and Jane Bald (5,807 ft).
This is where all the day hikers turned around and we were alone. We started late and most backpackers were hours in front of us. After rolling up and downs we went over Elk Hollow Ridge (5,180 ft)
One of the concerns was water, the mountains are dry and many water sources are dried up, so when we reached Overmountain Shelter, we filled up and decided to stay the night.
The shelter is an old barn with sleeping up stairs and on the porch, but I carried a tent and there were mice in the barn, so we set up the tent.
Sam was less than thrilled at the “Privy”
Some color below us
and the sunset from my tent door. That night the wind picked up and we had 35 plus MPH gusts and my 15 year old K-Mart tent held up as well as some $500 backpacking tents, but man they are MUCH lighter.
Last beach visit on the way out of town.
Sunset driving to my mom and sister’s in Aiken.