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24 hours on a Coastal Plain Swamp Highland with a new tent.
I decided to start the new year off right and spent a night in Bluehouse Swamp.
I got a ride to the trailhead from my brother Steve and started down the trail at 2:00pm Saturday Dec. 31st.
The first part of the trail is an old road, I don't know how old. The road history of this area dates back to the mid 1700's when there were several rice plantations located here. Before that there were several trading routes in the region.
This is basically what the high ground in the swamp looks like, it is a mixed forest with an incredible biodiversity.
In other areas it is much thicker and difficult to navigate.
Here I am after adding the tent fly. I waited until after supper to put the fly on because the weather was clear and I was hungry. I wanted to eat before fiddling with the tent fly and learning what my pitch options were.
I have always found the tent pitching time listed by tent manufacturers to be humorous, it takes me 10 minutes or so to pitch a tent correctly after I have selected a spot.
Early morning sunshine is always a welcome sight.
Okay....what kind of tree is this?
These should be fairly easy to look up in a field guide if you don't recognize them right off hand.
The low temperature got down to 41 F during the night and the dew point was 46 F with a relative humidity in the mid 40's.
There was no precipitation whatsoever.
It is easy to think your tent is leaking if this happens and it is raining. This tent is a well ventilated tent, but it can't beat the laws of physics.
This is my little alcohol stove I like to use on overnight & weekend trips. I have several but I like this one because it is so freaking simple and needs no pot stand. You just wet the wick wrapped around the outside of the stove, fill the stove & light.
It is the Bios 3 from Minibulldesign.
For my cook kit I carry a simple stainless mug (here I've just made coffee) a spork, my Bios stove, a windscreen, and a 8oz. bottle of alcohol. I carry more on longer trips but this is all I need for quick trips.
This was a pile of sawdust from some kind of wood borer.
1. My old Garmin Etrex could hardly get a signal through tree canopy like the one pictured above, it kept asking me if I was indoors. I have put a Delorme on my gear list.
2. I must go back and get some photos of the Pileated Woodpeckers. I'm open to suggestion on how to do this, sneaking up on them is not going to work and the forest is too dense for a telephoto lens to work really.
After eating what was left of my huge dark chocolate and almond candy bar, and drinking the last of the tea, I headed out to my pick up spot.
My brother arrived around 2:00 pm January 1st, 2012 at the trailhead to give me a ride back and that ended a short but very cool trip into a place I must visit again.
What better way to start off the new year?