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'nother section AT
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:43:45 PM »
Headed up to 'the trail' to get another section.  Started where it crosses Hwy 56 (Crabtree Falls Hwy), and the Tye River.

The beautiful Tye River



What a beautiful day it was, and I was very happy to be able to be out and starting a hike



After crossing the swinging bridge, I headed north towards Harpers Creek, and the Harpers Creek Shelter
a short two and half-ish miles away.


Some photos taken while hiking to the Harpers Creek Shelter.  This is an orchid, sometimes called "Putty Root", or "Adam and Eve Orchid".



It has very distinctive leaves, with the thin white stripes, shape, and texture.  A cropped, closer look,



A very Burly tree along the way



the woodpeckers have been busy.  I saw this a lot over the course of the two days



I like woodpeckers, and think of them as the 'guinea hen' of the eastern woods.  They'll "sound off" with a quickness, just like the guinea hens do.


Crossing Harpers Creek



I made it to the Harpers Creek shelter, where I'd be staying near-by, in short order



Having plenty of day light left, I moseyed on down stream a way from the shelter to find a spot to hang my hammock for the night.  Home sweet home,



Talk about a small foot print


And some photos from around my humble, hanging abode



the big 'ole weeping rock across the creek from me



the pool under where I hung, that I filtered my water from


After I set up, filtered water, and ate; I had a nice cup of hot coffee and a stroll down stream a bit



the next pool, just down stream from where my hammock was (this little spot was so nice, I almost moved my bag and hammock here.  But, there were widow makers galore - so not a good spot to hang)


and here's the water rushing over and down rocks into that pool.  I was surrounded by beauty, and completely relaxed



I found a 'handful' of these little guys poking through the leaf litter that was the forest floor

I make it a point to try and learn the various plants and trees, but this one I do not know..  If you know what it is, let me know please.


As the light faded, I sat on a rock next to my hammock and carved a feather stick with a tried and true friend



Eventually night fell, and I went to my hammock.  The stars were beyond words ability to describe, with beauty.  So much so that I took photos of them with my little point and shoot, lol.  It was wishful thinking only though.  Nothing but a bunch of black boxes, lol.  They were magnificent though - the stars that is.


Up the next morning, fed, watered and packed - it was time to get moving.  I slept at about 1700 feet, and would pass 4420 feet going up, before I got to go back down.


On the way up, I passed a stream that disappeared

I would see more of these through the day.  The pool of water there, where the water is flowing into - that's where it disappears at.  Hundreds of yards down the mountain, it came back up and re-appeared.  I thought it was pretty cool, and don't recall that I'd seen such a thing before.


Couple of shots from an overlook around 3600 feet






man was it nice!  It had sprinkled on me a bit before I got to the overlook, but stopped.  Those clouds though...


And then...  it started snowing, lol



my attempt to photograph falling snow.  This was not forecast to happen, lol.



I realized I might be only marginally better at photographing falling snow, that stars at night - so I took one of my sleeve with the newly falling snow on it...  And pressed onward, and upward



saw bunches of lichen on the rocks, and in the slots,
and started seeing nice veins of quarts around 4000 ft

did I mention I was wearing shorts?  and my new balance minimus shoes?


I love the ethereal quality of the woods in the cool, quiet, clouds like this.  I hadn't seen another soul all day either,



onward, and upward



as I said earlier, I was surrounded by breathtaking beauty.  Here the snow is starting to accumulate,


onward, and upward





Woo Hoo!!!!!! Flat ground!  This is
The Top



Heck...  I'm smiling even now, just thinking about it & remembering





Now...
As we all know, what goes up - MUST come down, and was I in for a real treat, lol



If your first thought was "oh Noooo", then we had similar thoughts.  Mine was a little more adult than that.  I can tell you that new balance minimus are NOT ideal shoes for walking DOWN packed, slick, ice.  And there was quite a lot of it to descend.  I'm guessing this face, is the northern facing face due to all the ice.  Ever so slowly, a cussing I descended.  Hit some pretty interesting "slip poses" too - lol.


Eventually I got off the ice.  Then I saw the biggest lichen I have ever seen growing on a boulder along the trail

that's a size 14 shoe, for size reference.  And I totally dig the camo colors!


Stopped further down, on some benches, to see if any mushrooms might be around

Didn't see any, but did see that tree all torn up by something.


Did also finally see some folks as I continued down.  All very nice, and friendly


Then made it to my next stop



Here I refilled my water bottle, had lunch, coffe, and woodsmans tea!

that's a handful of white pine, pine needles



brewing


For some reason, this cup of woodsman's tea wasn't all that great...  Normally, I like it quite a lot, but this cup smelled like a wet mammal - and tasted like it smelled  :-\   I drank it anyway.  I was a little cold, and it wasn't


After food, drink, and water refill I continued on.  Here's are some photos taken along the way - and the sun did finally make an appearance



big ole moss covered log





super sweet water fall,





"fish eye" photo of the same sweet water fall



'nother water fall with some patches of snow, and moss





you can see this one coming from WAY up the mountain side



Spring time is the best time for water falls.  I'll be coming back


And lastly, a couple of badazz trees growing out of rock





Well folks that's another trip done.  I hope you enjoyed it, and thank you for letting me share it with ya,


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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 06:59:06 PM »
Nice trip. Thanks for taking the time to share. Don't know why, but I never figured you had that sort of elevation gain in that neck o' the woods.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 07:05:18 PM »
Great post! I bet that was a nice night. Stars and a running stream over rocks is very peaceful.  Trips and scenery like that is why I picked my screen name.  It's hard not to envy all that wonder.  Enjoyed that post. Thanks man

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2014, 07:16:18 PM »
Looked like an awesome time!


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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2014, 07:18:31 PM »
Florida weather is nice most the year and yes we have beaches but I would really like to have trips like that really close to home.

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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2014, 07:40:11 PM »
Wonderful you are truly blessed to have enjoyed such a outstanding trip.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 07:46:44 PM »
Beautiful! I really really need to get back down there...
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Thanks UW, for sharing your trip, pics & narrative!
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2014, 08:07:39 PM »
Nice to see the beauty in different parts of this great country.....everybo dy's got their own peaceful getaway it seems.  Thanks for taking us to yours, UW! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2014, 08:24:45 PM »
Great stuff bro thanks for posting 8)

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2014, 08:27:40 PM »
Wowwee UW. Sorry you can't envy my drywall dust. We were blessed with good weather over the weekend. I ventured behind the house some and it was a joy just to breath the air. Beautiful spot and your photography is kickin' I look forward to the bullies next outing. I got some slings from Bighat I need to get rigged on my UW special. Thanks for some inspiration.

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2014, 08:54:10 PM »
UW: Great trip. The Appalachians are gorgeous. I've been enjoying your trips very much. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2014, 04:04:13 AM »
Great outing and post, makes me miss them Tenn. hills. I love hanging near a stream bed like that. Best sleep ever.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2014, 05:27:18 AM »
Thanks for sharing UW your trip and the cool pics. After seeing this thread and finished reading the book "Hiking Through" in this thread http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,8461.0.html it rekindles my wants to do some more hiking on the AT.
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2014, 05:30:59 AM »
Great trip pics, U.W.  Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2014, 06:42:45 AM »
Looks like a beautiful area, excellent trip report, thanks for taking us along.

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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2014, 08:31:49 AM »
I love seeing pics of people's progression along the AT.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2014, 09:08:02 AM »
Sitting here in 28* weather , I really enjoy going on 'trips' with you too.   :)  Thank you very much for sharing.

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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2014, 10:33:55 AM »
That was awesome, thanks for sharing with us... :cheers:
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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2014, 10:56:45 AM »
That was great documenting!  liked it a lot!

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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2014, 02:13:13 PM »
Wonderful images.  The AT is on my bucket list.

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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2014, 05:35:25 PM »
Great photos.  I like the woods and hills in that part of the country.  Thanks for posting!  Wes

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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2014, 06:08:25 PM »
Nice trip.  Great pictures.

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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2014, 08:57:07 PM »
Great trip report and what awesome pics!!  That sure is some beautiful country you have to hike in!!  Not to be an a$$,  but being out and not running into people can really make a trip even better sometimes.  Thanks for sharing!!

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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2014, 09:44:14 PM »

Thank You Everyone!  I'm glad y'all enjoyed it  :D 


Florida weather is nice most the year and yes we have beaches but I would really like to have trips like that really close to home.


Florida definitely has some very nice beaches (way better than ours here IMO), and longer warmer weather too - no doubt.  I consider myself pretty lucky here.  We have our beaches, ponds, lakes, rivers, and swamps; and less than two hundred miles away, the Appalachian Mountains, with all that they offer too. For the faults that Hmptn.Roads may have, it has some pretty nice perks too.


Great post! I bet that was a nice night. Stars and a running stream over rocks is very peaceful.  Trips and scenery like that is why I picked my screen name.  It's hard not to envy all that wonder.  Enjoyed that post. Thanks man

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OutdoorEnvy, you nailed man.  Sleeping next to the stream, hearing the water running down and over the rocks, with a canopy of cool, clear air, and the most amazing stars ever, was very peaceful.  I am thankful, and I consider myself lucky, and blessed, each and every time I get to be out there in it all. 



Wowwee UW. Sorry you can't envy my drywall dust. We were blessed with good weather over the weekend. I ventured behind the house some and it was a joy just to breath the air. Beautiful spot and your photography is kickin' I look forward to the bullies next outing. I got some slings from Bighat I need to get rigged on my UW special. Thanks for some inspiration.

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My friend UTC,  no I don't envy your drywall dust, but I would help ya with it.  Yes, we were definitely blessed with a beautiful weekend.  All the plants are right on the verge of exploding green and flowers!  Everything I saw had tiny little leaf, or flower buds on it.  Spring is arriving!!



UW: Great trip. The Appalachians are gorgeous. I've been enjoying your trips very much. :thumbsup:

Hey, what's that wrapped around your sheath? Braided fishing line?



Thank You diogenes!  And I am a big fan of your outing posts also  :thumbsup:   
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Great outing and post, makes me miss them Tenn. hills. I love hanging near a stream bed like that. Best sleep ever.
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Thank you!  And, I couldn't agree more!



Thanks for sharing UW your trip and the cool pics. After seeing this thread and finished reading the book "Hiking Through" in this thread http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,8461.0.html it rekindles my wants to do some more hiking on the AT.



Thanks for the link, and book reference!!  I'll check out the book, and have already visited the linked site & bookmarked it.  I'm all for reading, and learning always!



I love seeing pics of people's progression along the AT.
Thur hiking the whole trail is the sum total of my retirement plan.
Thanks for posting those.



We have that in common then  :)   Glad ya liked the pics!



Great trip report and what awesome pics!!  That sure is some beautiful country you have to hike in!!  Not to be an a$$,  but being out and not running into people can really make a trip even better sometimes.  Thanks for sharing!!



Thank you Dano! and I agree with you..  Sometime being out like that, and NOT seeing another soul - makes it even better.  Going up the mountain, then being up, right on the top of it - in the snow falling more quiet than the quietest whisper, in the brisk temps and clouds that slowly ghosted through the trees - was one of those times. 




Again, Thank You All!!  I'm Glad y'all liked it


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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2014, 08:03:08 PM »
Great pics of some beautiful country, Thanks for taking us along.
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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2014, 07:33:12 PM »
Dang buddy, that looks like a nice stretch of AT.  Your gonna have to show me that one.

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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2014, 09:11:10 AM »
Thanks Sarge, and SamBunyun!


Sam,


I'd be more than happy to, and you know that.  Lots and lots of good places to hang our hammocks up there (perhaps for the next Bully get together even)  It was the perfect time of year to see it, with so much water flowing & obeying gravity.  I'm sure there'll be green busting out everywhere in a week or two. 
One more section, and it's on to 'the priest' and beyond (which ought to be another great knee cruncher, due to the 3000+ ft elevation gain&loss)  Hiking up isn't so bad, it that steep down.


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