Jacob and I went for an overnighter on the Benton Mackaye Trail in north Georgia yesterday. From the time we left our cars to sometime during the night, it rained constantly. This was fine, if a little annoying, when we were hiking, but really sucked when it came time to set up camp and cook some dinner. It didn't help that it was just above freezing at the time.
Also, Jacob didn't bring any gloves, so I gave him my extra pair. Problem was, I gave him the warmer ones.
He brought a couple beers along, not to mention the tent, so I guess that makes up for it.
The night was damp and cold, we woke up to find our boots frozen stiff, but at least the new day was dry and sunny, if still a little windy.
Yet another trip to make me appreciate my warm, dry bed.
Jacob breaking camp this morning. Note the toasty-looking mittens.
Hiking into the warmth of the sun.
Long Creek Falls, almost home.
In lieu of flowers, I give you the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, evidenced by the tiny white things at the base of the needles. I had mentioned to Jacob how it was good to see so many apparently healthy hemlock trees in the area, as opposed to the Smokies, where they are being killed wholesale by this non-native invasive pest, and then we took a closer look. It was on every hemlock we saw. So sad.