Hike Distance: 11.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 427.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1187 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 57844 feet
We started out the hike just going outbound and intended on turning around and heading back to the trailhead. After looking on my gps map it appeared that we could do a large loop hike, and that the road circled around and met the main road that led back to the trailhead.
We were within 1/10 of a mile of the main road when we realized there was no bridge over this stream/swamp area! At first we turned around but then decided against it. We didn’t panic and decided to go back and assess if it could be crossed. Turning around would have meant a 15-17 mile hike and requiring headlamps (which we always carry).
Carol picked up a flat-sided log and we went back to the stream. I tested the grassy area before the crossing and it held together okay. I didn’t know how solid the land was on either side of this thin waterway and put my hiking sticks in it to see the depth, in case we slipped in. I was shocked to see this stream was three feet deep and muddy at the bottom!
Carol gave me this somewhat heavy, but solid log, and I dropped it across the channel. Amazingly, it was very solid and we crossed easily, but into a muddy swamp-like area. We stepped on the grass bunches, which held our weight well. We were so pleased with ourselves that we were able to complete this loop using our ingenuity. 🙂 The best part was not getting wet. However, we were attacked by biting flies in that swampy area, which seemed irrelevant compared to the crossing.
A truly fun day with a bit of challenge that we don’t often get!