Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Backpacking Part 2

We filled the next two days exploring on trails, cooking over an open fire, swimming in the stream, throwing sticks for the dogs, eating smores, finding waterfalls, climbing and rappelling, hunting firewood, building fires, swinging in the hammock and telling stories around the fire.
Mark found a copperhead on a trail right as we were about to cross over a stream and start up a hill. YIKES! It took me a moment to find it, and what a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach as I saw that it was coiled up in plain view, yet so well camouflaged! That is the only snake we have ever seen in that area.
It was so peaceful and serene, and beautiful! We got far enough away from civilization to relax. There was nothing there to pull our focus off of each other yet there was so much to do – in the morning, to walk down the stream and see how the morning light filters through the clouds and how different that looks from the evening sun. At noon to play in the waterfalls, swim in the freezing water, and dry off on a rock in the sun. At night to find glowing inchworms and iridescent moss, to hunt fireflies, and to watch the burning embers in the fire.
When it was time to leave, Cameron, Raeley, and I headed out before the guys and dogs. CJ would not budge when they put his pack on him. Mark finally coaxed him into leaving, but he was so tired, he just didn't seem to have it in him to scale the hill up to leave! I can"t blame him. It was hard for all of us to leave such a great escape from reality!


Anita said...

The waterfall is beautiful! Where is this? I would love to visit (but not camp).

Kristie said...

Parker falls near Double Springs AL, around 2 hours from here, We'd love to show it off to you sometime! We've gone for just the day before, but the hike in, Jeff will have to wear a baby backpack - which we have one you can borrow. It's a mile hike in.