Heading back south, into a cloud.
Heading back south, into a cloud.
I woke up in northern Virginia….
and finished the day with crepes in Rochester, NY
On the road again, after work, heading north.
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.
Hike #20 of #52hikechallenge – Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest. The trail is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail and starts along the banks of the Neuse River.
This Osprey chick was calling for diner and hiding behind a stick…
Hamlet Station was originally built in 1900 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad as both a passenger station and a division headquarters
Hike #8 of #52hikechallenge – Stone Mountain State Park
Clay comes back from the edge! My third visit and this time we went counter clockwise on Stone Mountain Loop Trail and down the 400 steps.
Then back up Wolf Rock and Cedar Rock – this is the view of Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock.
There is an old homestead on the backside of Cedar Rock – but I could not find any info on it.
Then back down to the Hutchinson Homestead and the view of Stone Mountain from below.
A climber (lower left) in red shows the scale!
We ended the day with a couple of waterfalls!
Hike #7 of #52hikechallenge
Back to Eno River State Park to hit the trails I missed last week. What a difference 7 days and 20 degrees make, the park was packed. At least until we got to the trails furthest from the parking lot and then we had place to ourselves.
We came across this 1800s cabin and a woman walking around it. She shared that her grandparents (Coles) lived in the home and she visits before it completely collapses.
It’s getting closer….
The construction was very cool, originally it looks like it was a log cabin (look at those joints – are they simple dovetails?) that was sided later. There is no trace the cabin ever had electricity.
Not far up the trail is another cabin. We asked a park ranger and he said it was for a spinster sister.
bigger gaps in the logs.
Chivalry is not dead….
Total 7 miles: Buckquarter Creek, Ridge, Shakori and Holden Mill, Eno Trace Trails.
Hike #6 #52hikechallenge Eno River State Park
Power line tower on Cox Mountain trail.
The cable suspension bridge over the Eno River.
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:
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.
Someone left a rope swing.
and Flytrap Trail, searching for wild Venus Flytraps – thanks to the eagle eyed Clarks for finding a pair of them –
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….
a fresh coyote
feet and ears
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.
Before heading home, we headed back to the beach and just watched the ocean. Welcome 2017!