I was finally able to get out and do my first section hike the AT and it was a little harder than I expected. I was able to do thirty miles in two and a half days which consisted of two twelve mile days and then a short six-mile day to finish. Climbing over the mountains was tough, to say the least. There were times I thought my legs would fall off and times I just wanted to lie down and die, but in the end, it was worth every second. Here are some of the pictures from the trip.
First bloom on the trail.
Flat Creek Public Fishing Area (PFA)
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I have been hiking Flat Creek PFA for many years now and I can honestly say out of all the places I have hiked, it always provides surprises. This hike started like all of the rest, I crossed the open fields to get to the road that enters the woods, then I made my way to the old cypress flat pond deep in the forest.
Once there I stopped, hung my Hammock and then waited to see if I might see any wildlife moving along the edges. Being pretty uneventful I decided to pack up and move on, as I was walking to a different section I stopped to notice something unusual in the road. It looked like a dog had been scratching at the ground and it looked fresh. At that moment I heard the woods come alive around me and when I looked up, I was staring at a pack of coyotes. I had never been that close to a pack before, I could have literally brushed one with my hand as he sped by me to take retreat. I counted six in the middle of the commotion and got no pictures before they had vanished as fast as they appeared. After taking a moment to take it all in I moved on to next stop. I got to back of the lake and took a few pictures and then found the place where they had been bedding quite often.
As I left this area I checked my GPS and had gone about three miles when I decided to do another three, so I took the right fork in the trail. It was about ten minutes after making that decision that I almost stepped on the four foot Timer Rattlesnake.
I guess it being about 58 degrees outside it had crawled out to get some sun. Whatever the case I took that as sign to turn around and head back to the truck and calling it a day. I can honestly say that every time I go here to take a walk or do a good hike, I always come out with a good (or bad) story to tell.