wildlife

Sept. 27, 2020

It took awhile in the dark last night, but I found this spot in the national forest to camp.

The first elk sighting of the day, there were several cars stopped on the road, so I left the truck running and walked up to get a better angle when I hear… “dog” I turn to see Kodak chasing full speed across the field toward this elk (She jumped from an open window) she either:

A. heard me and listened when I said stop

or

B. thought better of the outcome

But didn’t get all the way to the scene of the goring.

A nice walk, more elk, a good early morning.

After making breakfast, I decided to run Hurricane Creek, I was a little nervous running it solo, but ran into a small group of Toyotas and tagged along.

My first off-roading trip in Pongo and she is amazing, walked up everything and the trail is way more eroded than my last visit.

Anytime I am this close, I will always do the Max Patch loop hike!

Kodak looks around an old house

The walls were covered in newspaper and in some places wall paper.

Drive more random dirt roads before the long ride home.

Sept. 26, 2020

On the way I stopped at Bunker Hill Covered Bridge in Catawba County.

It is one of only two covered bridges left in North Carolina

But the goal was elk crossing the creek at behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

I only got one elk in the river, so I went through the woods for a different view.

Even elk can be derpy.

July 8, 2020

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Race day. It rained right as I started my warmup and as I was cruising along I went down hard, the bike just slide from under me on the wet packed red clay. I crashed again on the warmup just trying to get out of the woods. I was not excited to start the race after that… but I did and settled into 4th as we entered, exited and re-entered the woods, as we did there was a sweeping turn into a bridge and I just didn’t trust my tires grip and rode off the course, falling to the back of the pack. I rode hard and got back to 5th without any more crashes as the course dried as racers rode. Don’t worry, Kali is OK.

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the iPhone amazes me sometimes!

July 7, 2020

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Mountain bikes and gravel roads. Trying to get in a 100 miles a week.

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This is the third turtle I moved (saved?) from the road on today’s ride. The first one looked like this one, the second was a flat one that took off “running” up the middle of the road, barely caught it, and this was close to edge, but I still placed it off the road.

June 13, 2020

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James, Elizabeth and me loaded up and head south. A weekend escape to hunt for fossils.

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After reaching the boat launch for the Stono River we started out against the tide and after crossing the river the first thing we see is a wild pig on the shore.

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and she had baby pigs!

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then we headed into Hut Creek. No fossils were found on this waterway.

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Do you see the alligator?

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I floated right to it!

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On the way back we saw two more wild pigs!

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But we headed to another drainage ditch in Summerville and had success.