Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Little Big Econ State Forest Hike

Was suppose to be in the mid 70's, but 83 degrees when we returned to the vehicle.  I brought two quarts of water and maybe one pint left at the end of the day.

The trail map I downloaded was confusing once we were on the trails (several different trails) and a lack of trail information signs added to the confusion.  We ran into a couple of hikers that had the same problem.  The worst thing is to have to backtrack when your suppose to be hiking a loop.  It all worked out, but I set a drop dead time in my head when we would have to backtrack instead of keep going foreword in order to get back to the vehicle with plenty of day light remaining.

The start of the hike was through dense vegetation and a number of stream crossings.  One stream was wider then we could jump.  I assume at some point there was something to cross over on, but it was long gone.  The water was at least knee deep in the middle.  Ended up finding an old log and moving it into place, crossing without getting are feet wet.

An adult water moccasin. Resting right next to a two board wide walkway we had to take to get over a small stream.  It can strike maybe half it's body length, so just walking by was not an option.  Long story short, I took a 5 foot long dead palm tree branch and irritated it enough to the point it hit the water and swam away.

 This guy was waiting to cross the trail.

Lost half the sole off my right hiking boot at the halfway point.  Had them for over 10 years.  It was flopping around, so took a knife and cut it off.  By then we were on the easy part of the trail and didn't cause a problem.

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