Rainy Forecast, went anyway

5:36 p.m. on May 14, 2013 (EDT)
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This trip was weekend before last (5-3-2013 and 5-4-2013).

Saturday was one of my longer days for a single day backpack as I figured it at 25.5 miles.

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Brief report, sentence fragments, for me a blog

Bald River Gorge, TN  6PM start, upper falls high water, really loud


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Beautiful trail, dogwood blooms


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Red flower, not sure


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1 hour hike, 2.9 miles, Big Pine Camp, Tipi was here two weeks before


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Hung food, creature of habit


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Tarp looks pointy, pine needles soft


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Inside tarp tent, backpack cocoon


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Rare for me, one beer in river


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dry night, no rain yet! Next morning encouraged to go on, wishful thinking


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Cascades heavy flow, loud….


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After road walk first big ford, start the Brookshire


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Second Big Ford, used log, my pack is light


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Third big ford, boots come off, wasted effort in the end


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Spring energy, lovely trail


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Land of trillium, many kinds, good timing


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Survived controlled burn, stark contrast, rain made more beautiful


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State line ridge, two tone tree from prevalent wind


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On the way


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Wet and pretty


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Fine specimen


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Clouds break, fleeting moment


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Blurry photo, pink lady slipper, worth showing


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Wet dirty, coagulation


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Kirkland Creek let’s go, rain is harder


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Lost count of fords, this was scary strong


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Last big ford, boots wet, slog on don’t stop


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Kayakers went off the half way point of big falls, much risk, they lived


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Hike on Friends!

9:34 a.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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at least one got one good night out of your trip. I did like all the flower and creek pictures

10:43 a.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Hey thanks Eddy...I had one more night to use but that rain became torrential and I opted for discretion as the better part of valor. lol

 

11:20 a.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Those are some pretty waterfalls and flowers, sir!

11:41 a.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Pat, a backpacking warrior and a poet.  The pictures and succinct captions flow like a blank verse poem.  Your best TR so far.

Rain in the forecast?  So what? I must hike!

Pat's poem:

Bald River Gorge, TN  6PM start, upper falls high water, really loud

Beautiful trail, dogwood blooms

Red flower, not sure

1 hour hike, 2.9 miles, Big Pine Camp, Tipi was here two weeks before

Hung food, creature of habit

Tarp looks pointy, pine needles soft

Inside tarp tent, backpack cocoon

Rare for me, one beer in river

dry night, no rain yet! Next morning encouraged to go on, wishful thinking

Cascades heavy flow, loud….

After road walk first big ford, start the Brookshire

Second Big Ford, used log, my pack is light

Third big ford, boots come off, wasted effort in the end

Spring energy, lovely trail

Land of trillium, many kinds, good timing

Survived controlled burn, stark contrast, rain made more beautiful

State line ridge, two tone tree from prevalent wind

On the way

Wet and pretty

Fine specimen

Clouds break, fleeting moment

Blurry photo, pink lady slipper, worth showing

Wet dirty, coagulation

Kirkland Creek let’s go, rain is harder

Lost count of fords, this was scary strong

Last big ford, boots wet, slog on don’t stop

Kayakers went off the half way point of big falls, much risk, they lived

Hike on Friends!

1:17 p.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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I too like the brief phrase stream of thought with the photos! 

Rainy trips are both wonderful and miserable :) 

The red flower is Sweet Shrub, or Calycanthus. 

I truly love Trillium, you got to see some really nice specimens, along with that big Millipede. 

5:05 p.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Hardcore, Patman! Nice trip. 

11:11 p.m. on May 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice pic looks like an awesome trip

11:41 a.m. on May 16, 2013 (EDT)
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thanks for the comments all.....

Gonz, I have never seen as much trillium in one place: it lined both sides of the trail for long stretches and thanks for the ID on the Sweet Shrub....

 

ciscoblue, if you had spelled your screen name a little differntly I would have thought you knew me professionally.hmmm

10:50 a.m. on May 17, 2013 (EDT)
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Great report and pics! The waterfalls look amazing. Nice trip.

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