Bradley's View

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hiking Trip/Tracking The Trek

    A couple of days ago Luna and I set off from Asheville bound for Brevard.  The first day of hiking was beautiful and enjoyable as we rode the Mountains-To-Sea trail across Asheville.  We hiked for about 8.5 hours, covered about 30 miles, and camped atop Ferrin Knob.
    On the second day we started with the sun and continued climbing the remainder of the Shut-In Trail en route to the Pisgah Inn.  We relaxed at the inn for a couple of hours and enjoyed a hearty breakfast and began our descent through the Pisgah Ranger District at about 11:30.  The water was really flowing due to all the recent rain, and creeks were turned into cascades.  We trudged down the MST to the Barnett Branch trail, crossed the South Fork Mills River, and climbed up to the Black Mountain Trail.  At about 3:00 we arrived at the Buckhorn Gap Shelter with intentions of settling in there for the night.  By 4:00 I had woken up from a siesta, realized that there were still 4+ hours of daylight, and elected to continue hiking.  Quick climbs up Clawhammer and Black Mountain led to a lengthy descent down to the Davidson River.  The Brevard Bike Path then took us into town where Matt met us and directed us to a crucial side trail linking us to the Oscar Blues Brewery.
    A run up Bracken Mountain, the celebration of Lily's birthday, and all around good company have led to a good couple of days of R&R here at the Casa de Kirk.

Sunrise from Ferrin Knob

Morning light near Big Ridge Overlook

Near the Pisgah Inn

A bee pollinating Trillium

Clouds coming in seen  from the saddle of Clawhammer and Black Mountain

Refreshing in the Davidson near the day's end.

    Monday morning we will take to the woods once more.  Our final destination on this 450 mile journey will be Roan Mountain, and we must be there by May 30th (for the RAM). Below is a map on which our progress will be recorded, if you find yourself interested in following along.

1 comment:

  1. Great visiting with you, Jon. Enjoy the trek! Hope to see you and Luna again soon. Peace.