April 18th, 2014

hiker

A Very Good Friday

The weather was supposed to be cool and rainy today, but the sun came out and gave us a gorgeous spring day, perfect for hiking in the Deam Wilderness.

This hike had been postponed from last fall. It was set as a conservation project to be led by T.J. to finish up his 50-Miler Award. We were to clean up the campsites along the Sycamore Trail and Terrill Ridge.

By the time we actually got to the hike, only four crew members were available to go: myself, leader T.J., T.C. and his dad, Pat. We got out to the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower just before 9:00 a.m. And off we went.

Trailside banter

Trailside banter
T.J., T.C., Pat

T.J. set an easy pace down the valley alongside the creek. We crossed this creek several times. I always like to see the sun play along the water. It was so quiet in the woods that you could hear the water plashing over the gravel bottom.Collapse )