Today was another big hiking day with the ladies. We’ve added two more friends from Nashville to our group. That made 6 of us including Gene for our hike today.
Before I get into that, I want to thank Rick for helping me fix my comment issue. He suggested I download a newer version of my browser. I wasn’t able to download the latest and greatest. I guess my computer is too old to support that, but I got a newer version than the one I had and that solved the problem. Thanks, Rick.
For our hike today, we planned to hike down Fork Ridge Trail and up Deep Creek Trail. The Deep Creek trailhead is about 1.5 miles past Newfound Gap on Newfound Gap Road. Since we would end our hike here, we drove there first to leave a car in that parking lot. We all piled into one car and drove back up to Clingman’s Dome Road to the Fork Ridge trailhead.
Gene and I had hiked Fork Ridge down to Deep Creek and back up earlier in the summer. It was beginning to be overgrown then. Today, it was almost impassable in some areas. There were also several blow-downs from the storm last week. It was slow going in places, especially where the blackberry bushes seemed to almost swallow us. I’ve got about a zillion little scratches all over my arms. Stinging nettle was also at its summer peak.
|Heading down Fork Ridge Trail|
|Garnett was the first to head across.|
|Gloria Dale is ready with matching crocs and poncho|
The water was cold and that first step was such a shock. After that initial shock the crossing wasn’t that bad even though the water was knee deep. Footing was good and the rocks on the bottom weren’t very slippery. I wouldn’t want to try crossing without trekking poles, though.
There had been a few sprinkles just before we started our crossing. When the sun came out, Deep Creek was quite beautiful with the mist rising in the sunshine.
|The first drop of rain and Sue just about disappeared under her poncho|
|Starting our trek up Deep Creek Trail|
We had been hearing thunder for about the last hour of our hike. You can imagine how happy we were that we got to the car about 5 minutes before the downpour began. We were again a cozy little group (but not fresh as daisies) crammed into one car as we drove back over to Fork Ridge trailhead to pick up the other car.
Gene got to tag along today, but we’re leaving him behind the rest of the week. The five of us ladies are going over to Deep Creek Campground at the Bryson City entrance to the park on the North Carolina side for a car camping/hiking extravaganza. I’m coming home late Friday night, so you won’t be hearing from me until then.
So, have a good week and thanks for tagging along.