Travel

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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Feb. 19, 2017

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Hike #8 of #52hikechallenge – Stone Mountain State Park

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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.

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Then back up Wolf Rock and Cedar Rock – this is the view of Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock.

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There is an old homestead on the backside of Cedar Rock – but I could not find any info on it.

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Then back down to the Hutchinson Homestead and the view of Stone Mountain from below.

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A climber (lower left) in red shows the scale!

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We ended the day with a couple of waterfalls!

Feb. 11, 2017

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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 hadĀ  place to ourselves.

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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.

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It’s getting closer….

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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.

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Not far up the trail is another cabin. We asked a park ranger and he said it was for a spinster sister.

 

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bigger gaps in the logs.

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Chivalry is not dead….

Total 7 miles: Buckquarter Creek, Ridge, Shakori and Holden Mill, Eno Trace Trails.

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 onĀ 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!