Monday, December 14, 2009
Meant to post this a couple weeks ago when it actually happened. Good intentions and all...
I'd been waiting for the daytime temperatures to cool sufficiently so I could do another scrabble up the North Florida Mountains behind the house. Wanted snakes and all to be gone underground for the winter. As it happened, I didn't see any snakes, but it certainly ended up warmer than I anticipated. And I did see a couple of lizards out sunning.
If you recall, the last hike (I have a hard time selling it as a "climb", because it's mostly steep hiking) took me to the radio towers to the East of the house. This time, I decided to go North. To here:
My original plan was to get up there, then come down through Rock Hound State Park, which is further to the left, out of the frame. Once I got up to the top, I changed my mind, which was probably a mistake. I decided to hike to the East, then follow the road South, past the radio towers, and down to the ravine I'd used for my return in the Spring. So I ended up approaching the house almost 180 degrees from where I left. It also took 4 hours, and I ended up 8 pounds lighter than when I began the day! I was a tired, broken hiker.
But I did reach my target...