I’m so excited! This July I’m doing a 5 day hike on Isle Royale. Isle Royale is a national park located in Lake Superior. It is the least visited national park. I’m guessing that’s because of it’s remoteness. There’s only 2 ways out to it. 6 hour one way trip by ship or 1 hour seaplane ride. I chose seaplane because it was only $100 more round trip than the boat. And it’s a damn seaplane!!!
I think the coolest thing about Isle Royale is that it is home to the world’s longest predator / prey study ever done. 52 years and running scientists have been studying the relationship between the islands population of wolves and moose.
I probably won’t see any wolves while I’m there, because the wolf population is now down to 9. They actually lost one wolf yesterday I found out in an article when trying to find the image above. Any how I can’t wait!
Did an overnight trip last week to Falls Creek Falls State Park. Beautiful out there. Going to have to go back out and do some of the backcountry trails.
This is the view of Falls Creek Falls from the top. It’s the longest drop of any fall a east of the Mississippi River.
From the base of the falls.
There’s also a decent size lake out in the park.
And of course plenty of deer.
This is from a day hike I did in the beginning of February. I decided to hike out to see Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness. Big Tree is located in East Bee Canyon. It’s a nice little 8 mile day hike that is pretty easy terrain.
View of Big Tree from the top of the canyon.
There’s also 2 waterfalls in the canyon.
Some people come by horse.
The way out is an old access road.
Hiked into Savage Gulf knowing there was a 90% chance of snow overnight. Oddly it got into the high 50 ‘ s and it didn’t seem like the temperature was going to drop at all. Then the cold front moved in. At 4 o’clock it was 53°, by 7 o’clock it was in the low 30 ‘s. I stayed in an open to the public cabin to ride out the storm through the night and had an 8 mile hike out in the morning. I stepped outside for the last time of night around 9 o’clock. Didn’t look like much was going to happen. Light snowfall and it didn’t look like it was going to stick. Damn was I wrong.
When I left in the morning it was only 6°. It was so beautiful. I found out later that I was the only one in the entire park.
I’ve been pretty busy as of late, butI have been doing some hiking. I’ll be posting some of the places I’ve been lately.
So I bought a new tent for myself at Christmas and I have only used my new 15 degree bag once, I’m going to run them through their paces this weekend. I’m doing a 3 day hike in Savage Gulf in middle Tennessee. This is the forcast for the weekend:
My friends say I’m crazy for hiking this weekend, but I want to test my cold weather gear and my rain gear. My thoughts are I would rather test everything when I know I’m going into bad conditions and can be prepared for them, rather then get caught by surprise by bad conditions with me not knowing my gears limits. I’ll give you the updates Monday night.
Sipsey has been my favorite spot to go hiking since I’ve moved to Alabama. It’s one of Alabama’s two national forests. There is a little over 70 miles of trails, if I remember correctly. On New Year’s day I decided it was too pretty of a day to sit at home, so I decided to do a quick 5 mile day hike on the Borden Creek Trail. It’s an easy trail that runs alongside, you guessed it, Borden Creek. It’s probably the most popular day hike trails there. Hemlock stands, underneath bluffs, and beautiful voews of the creek itself. Anyhow, here’s some pics.
Did this overnight hike around the middle of December. Started off at The Stone Door Ranger Station at the South Cumberland Recreation Area in midwest Tennessee. The Stone Door is a natural gap in the wall of the Big Creek Gulf. It’s said that this was the main path Native Americans used to get in and out of the gulf. Hiked along the Big Creek Gulf for about five miles before ascending back up about a 1000 ft to my camp site at Alum Camp. There was still snow and ice on the trees and ground when I set up camp. It dropped into the mid 20’s that night and I was happy to find out my new 15 degree bag lived up to it’s rating! I actually got hot a few times during the night. The next morning I broke camp and hiked the Greeter Falls Loop. Got to see Boardtree Falls and had my breath took away at Greeter Falls. Hiked back 2 miles to the ranger station on the Laurel trail and took the short spur trail to Laurel Falls. This was definitely one of my best overnight hikes to date! Three waterfalls, incredible views, and got to see a little snow? Not bad for 24 hours and 15 miles.
Can’t see the snow except on the trees, but in this neck of the woods it’s amazing to see any.
Greeter Falls. Just gorgeous.
On to Stone Door:
Next Big Creek Gulf
I did this hike around the begining December. It ended up being a 3 day hike along the south rim of Savage Gulf and all of the east rim of Collins Gulf. I originally intended to make it to the west rim of Collins Gulf, but the mileage on the map I had were a bit off, and I there was no way I could have covered the loop I wanted to do.
View from east rim of Collins Gulf
Home away from home.
Morning cup of coffee brewing
Supposedly the remains of an old moonshine still.
View from south rim of Savage Gulf
Roughly the same view the 2 mornings and a lot more fog later.
Selfie of me in front of said creek.
I haven’t given up on this blog or my AT thru hike for 2015. I’ve just been lazy when I’ve been home and working a lot lately. My New Year’s resolution is to keep up with this blog and to start using the mobile wordpress app when I’m actually hiking. I’ve actually done a few hikes since my last post, so I figure I need to get those posted as well.