Fall Lake Hike with Hiking Group

On Jan. 12, 2014, I went hiking with the hiking group I am apart of.  Here are some pictures from my hike that day. I love the fact that now I am using Photoshop to edit the photo.  I am able to get more blue sky in my pictures.  On such a sunny day, most of the time my photo never turn out looking like a sunny day before I edit them.


Fall Lake hiking and Blackberry Vodka


Waiting for everyone else.

Waiting for everyone else.

I am so excellent!!! Today, I went hiking with friends at Fall Lake State Recreation Area Rolling View Trail head (part of the mountain to sea trail). It was rainy, but it was awesome! We gather in the parking lot before the entrance and begin looking for the trail.  At first the rain was light but we had our rain gear just in case.  We found the trail which is what we thought until it took us to a campground so we back track and found the right trail.

Review the map

Review the map

Throughout the trail, we saw some cool looking mushrooms and the cutest Eastern Box turtle. I did see a deer but it move so fast no one else saw it.

Half way, we pick blackberries.  Picking blackberries is not so easy for there is blood and the battle of tug o’ war with the thorns.  A few time, my hair got stuck and I got my fair share of cuts. It started raining again when we got to the blackberries and it rained heavy on the way back on the trail. It rain so hard on the way back, most of the trail was flooded.

I got all the blackberries I need for making Blackberry Vodka. Which I made today after hiking with my friends. It is pretty easy to make.  You just need blackberries, sugar, a jar, and vodka.  It takes about 4 months of fermentation and 5 months of aging. I will be moving in a week so it will make a great center piece for my breakfast bar.

Lower Haw River Trail

Lower Haw River

Today, I hiked Lower Haw River Trail with a group of hiker.  We had so much fun. Many people do not hike on Lower Haw River so the trail is sometime hard to find.  Sometime it require us to zigzag until someone found the trail. There were lots of poison ivy and ticks. Most of us had bug spray on; however, most of us found ticks on us. We crossed two waterway.  We hiked up to 1 hour and 20 minutes and turned back.  The whole trail is 10 mile in one direction.

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This hike was a lot different than I normally hike, because I hike with others this time.  As we hiked, we talked and learned little bit about each other.  I did not focus a lot on taking pictures of wildlife this time because I was having a lot of fun. In the photo to the left, you can see one of the guys climb up a tree to get a better view of the river. We stop here and there to view the river.  It was such a beautiful day today.

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We climbed on rocks from time to time. We found raccoon and deer trails on the trail. We saw lots of frogs and one eastern box turtle. Sometime we could see snakes swimming in the river. The most amazing thing was the blue heron. In the past, I had the hardest time taking a picture of one because they would fly off right away. Today, I was successful at taking a picture of a blue heron.

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

This trail could be counting as a little uneasy because of the tall grass and thorns vines. There was lots of jumping over logs and climbing over rocks.  The stream crossing were not mark so it took some investigation. There was lots of ticks but I heard from one of the hiker that it get a whole lot worst in the up coming month of June. It did help to hike in a group because we were able to warned the next person if there was a hole or thorny bushes.  Plus we check each other back for ticks. Basically, we help each other out when needing.

Afterward we went out for lunch and talk some more. Than we drive back to our carpool check point.  It make sense to carpool for their is not much of a parking area.  The trail-head start right off highway 64.

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