Hike #17 #52hikechallenge
The Uwharrie Trail to the peak of Little Long Mountain. I had no idea the Uwharrie’s had a bald mountain top, so once I read it, we had to see it.
Clay taking pictures again…
Since Clay just bought gold pans we had to try it.
We found some – 8 “colors” or TINY specks.
Today was another day in the woods. We started on a section of the Uwharrie River I have wanted to paddle for a while. It needs spring rains to be deep enough to paddle.
After the thunderstorms in the middle of the week, it looked promising, featuring over 12 class I rapids (easiest) and good flow. I don’t have pictures, but we started almost immediately when Sam flipped her boat when she hit a strainer (tree)
A great couple of hours on the water!
Then hike #15 of #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Tract of the Uwharrie Game Land.
What is Clay photographing this week?
An Eastern Fence Lizard.
A day in Uwharrie Forest, starting at the Uwharrie Jamboree celebrating the opening of the OHV trails for the season. Then Clay and I drove around some of the back roads.
Remember my series of Clay bending over playing photographer?
This week it was a snake. Nerodia
Then Hike #13 #52hikechallenge – Uwharrie Trail starting at the Jumping Off Rock trail head.
The Jumping Off Rock
A great day of riding gravel and dirt around Uwharrie National Forest, 30 miles for total ride and less than 3 miles on asphalt and didn’t repeat a mile of dirt from last week.
Then Clay and I compared camp equipment, my Svea 123 stove and Sigg Tourist pot versus Clay’s Evernew Ultra-Light Titanium stove and pot.
Playing with a couple of alcohol stoves and the Svea 123
Crossing Low Water Bridge in the Uwharrie National Forest.
My friend from my Fayetteville days Chris ask me to join him scouting roads for a gravel grinder ride/race in a couple of weeks.
Not all of them worked out as planned, a little hike a bike, but a great day in the woods!
Hike #2 of the #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Mountain Trail in Uwharrie National Forest. We started at the Birkhead family farm, some buildings going back to the late 1800s.
Within a mile we had to cross a creek since the bridge was washed away. Not a problem except when hiking on a 15 degree morning, a wet foot would have been unpleasant!
Soon enough we were deep in the woods, only the crunch of the snow/ice under our feet.
How Kodak spent the second half of the hike. I had her off leash for the first half, but she wandered off and didn’t return, long enough I had to bush-whacked in her last known direction and back track till she returned… I was not happy!
About an hour and half in the silent woods, a rare North Carolina snow covering the hills, so a great day!
Have you ever seen a FZJ80 Land Cruiser on 40 inch tires?
Olde North State Cruisers Christmas party included a day of trail maintenance.
A Dirty Santa swap – I lost 3 prizes in the event….
Toyotas with lights, my weak attempt is upper left.
Every year ends with a Dutch oven contest and a pot luck dinner, followed by a raffle.
the line nearly wraps around the tent.
and Tim dishes out his chowder.
Lots of prizes
Saturday morning I led a small group on a mountain bike ride through the Wood Run trails.
I got a little air under that tire….
Next year I have to make a rule, helmets required!
Everyone had a blast and no one was hurt = success!
Today was the first day of events at the American Adventurists’ Appalachian Rendezvous.
And the first event was a paddle of the Falls Reservoir.
Water seems deep enough
and a tight squeeze in…
old diversion tunnels makes great caves
then I wanted to touch the damn…
The water was weird feeling, not turbulent, not spinning or moving… it just had a life to it.