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An enjoyable fall hike

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

On Saturday, we hiked Trail 2 at Brown County State Park. We had hiked this trail once before. It’s a moderate 2-mile loop. I enjoyed the sign at the trailhead with lots of data about the trail.

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The trail features numerous rock bridges, stairs, and other structures.

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We walked past some of the cabins, which are available for rental. We noticed they had a whole lot of windows. They looked like a fun place to spend a weekend. If we didn’t live so close, we would consider staying in a cabin like these.

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This bridge seems funny now, with the creek completely dry from the drought. Even when it is running, I’m sure it’s a small stream.

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As you can see, Rob was enjoying himself thoroughly!

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As were the bipeds.

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The trail winds through a ravine for a while.

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And eventually you reach the North Observation Tower. We didn’t go up in the tower, although we have been in it before.

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It was an incredibly beautiful day, and we especially enjoyed looking up at the beautiful blue sky through the remaining foliage.

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At one point, Rob insisted that I take his photo. He is a photogenic dog, I have to admit.

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These stone steps led back up to the Abe Martin Lodge area, where we had started.

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It was a perfect day to be out hiking, and we all enjoyed going for a walk through the woods together. Not every outing has to be epic.

The traffic at Brown County has already died off significantly. Once the leaves are past their peak, you’ll find a lot fewer people in the park. That just leaves more room for the rest of us.

Yellowwood Lake Trail Hike

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Last weekend, Sarah and I hiked the Lake Trail at Yellowwood State Forest. Well, sort of. We don’t like half of it, so we do the half we do like as an out-and-back. This way, we have lake views most of the time. Here’s a map of our hike.

It was a gorgeous fall day, highs in the 60s, sunny … perfect, really. It felt good to hike again. Aside from another hike the previous weekend, I’ve hardly hiked since my foot surgery in the spring. Then again, we usually do most of our hiking during the winter anyway.

The lake level reflects how dry things are here. The field below is usually part of the lake.

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Some leaves are starting to turn. Some just died and fell off the branches, due to the dry weather. Others are still green.

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This is a creek … usually.

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Below is a creek crossing that can be tricky, at times. Now it’s dry, you can just walk right across.

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You can sort of see below that much of the lake has no water in it. It looks like a big field or a mud pit in the photo. That’s normally lake.

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Sarah sure was enjoying herself.

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Again, the big open area is normally all water. Now it looks like there’s just a small stream.

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Of course, Rob ran into the water on numerous occasions, getting extremely muddy in the process. It was gross, but he loved it!

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You can sort of see some switchbacks in this next shot. These help make the climb more gradual.

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As we neared the dam side, the lake had water in it. The clouds looked ominous, but we didn’t get any rain.

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We lingered on the dam for a while, taking photos and enjoying the view.

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Then, we turned around and went back the way we came. We hiked around 4.8 miles. It was a wonderful fall day for a hike.  I look forward to cooler weather, it makes hiking even better!

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

We’ve been back from our vacation since Saturday, but I’ve done a horrible job of keeping up with writing about some of the things we did. I guess I took a bit of a break from blogging, too.

One day last week, we headed to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC, with our friends who we rented the beach house with. Our friends had been there before, and told us that the park was home to some incredible sand dunes. It didn’t take a lot of arm-twisting to convince us it would be worth the trip.

The trail is sand from the start, and goes through some trees/shrubs and up a hill.

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When you crest the hill, the view is absolutely breathtaking, and the scene looks like some kind of crazy desert.

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The scenery truly was beautiful, and surreal.

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Things got more surreal when we came around a corner and saw water not too far away.

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The trail followed the water for a bit …

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… before heading back, across the sand dunes.

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Animal tracks were all over the dunes … I think these are fox and hognose snake, but I’m not sure.

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The trail was short, but beautiful. We did another, similar hike after this, though it was through some wooded areas and had less sand dune scenery.

Afterwards, we headed to Mama Kwan’s Tiki Bar for some great seafood, and drinks. This parrot was filled with a very refreshing tropical beverage. A great end to a beautiful hike.

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