So! This hike was pretty boring until we came out into the powerlines opening that leads to the Leroy Smith Shelter. It was just woods and woods and woods with moments of large rocks, but mostly it was small fist-sized rocks hiding underneath of a carpet of fallen leaves. Very irritating. Very Rocksylvania. The other awesome thing was that it had rained the night before, so all of those leaves and rocks were wet. Yes, I did fall once (blaming it on the Iditarod pitbull-and-poodle-team attached to my backpack, though.)
|Note: Dirty pants, wet and annoying walking surface.|
It was just...that for all the 3.5ish miles that I hiked out. I was so happy to see the powerlines clearing because it is interesting, pretty and there is a view there!
|My official turnaround point last time.|
Lunch break stop at the Leroy Smith Shelter, only .15 miles off the trail. We had it to ourselves today, unsurprising. I really felt like I wanted to go backpacking after going to a shelter and seeing tent sites. Sigh, not 'til spring.
Drink break for the dogs and some Mountain Lovin' from Molly. Unfortunately Molly copes with frustration by humping Perri. Frequently. (Molly was frustrated that I was not handing over an entire pack of cheese crackers to her NOW.)
Onward! We saw a bald eagle! We saw the views! We took posed vista photos and Molly gave me death stares.
|Classic Personality Shot|
|Back into the woods...|