Journal 2-ODYSSEY 2021: Bama to Baxter-Hike On!

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Wednesday–February 10, 2021
Trail Day–002
Trail Mile–3.6/10.7
Location–Trailhead off CR-107

It’s dark as I head for Weogufka, CRs-56/29. In the fire department parking lot I meet Nathan and son, Cole. They’re hiking with me today.

A little after 6:30 we begin the road walk to where the trail leads up Terrapin Hill (known by locals as Wolf Den Mountain or Top-of-the-World).

A block down, at the Caperton home, out come the dogs to greet us. That commotion usually alerts Tammy, which brings her to the door to see who’s passing. But it’s early this morning and no one’s stirring at the Capertons (find out later, Tammy was busy preparing breakfast for us–DANG!).

A couple miles down, there’s a new section of trail (across lands recently purchased by The Conservation Fund), and although its not yet open, Nathan is anxious to show it to me.

And so, in we go! No blazes to mark the trail yet, but it’s been flagged, the tread pretty much cut in. Blowdowns have been cleared, brush removed–the trail easy to follow. Ahh, and I quickly see why folks who’ve worked this new section are enthusiastic about it, anxious to get it open.

The trail passes a couple of hills to then drop down beside a fast-rushing little brook, the trail sticking tight. Along are numerous made-to-order campsites (plenty of firewood, fresh, clear water). It’s an absolutely delightful place–and delightful too, the hike through!

In a while, the new trail emerges to enter and meander cut-over ridges, which offer fine views, all the way back to Flagg Mountain.

A short hike makes for a short day and we’re soon at the trailhead–and my old pickup. What a fun, happy time this has been! And to cap it off (as I open the driver-side door) do I discover a box of sweet kindness (say donuts and jelly rolls) placed on the seat by some kind soul!

Thanks Nathan; thanks Cole; thanks sweet person for the sweets! This has been a thoroughly happy time!

Hey, hey–I do believe my legs are going to come back under me–one more time. What joy!

When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment…
 (John Lennon)





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