Laurel Bluffs trail

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It have been raining a lot in the past week. The trails are muddle and some areas on the trails are flooding. However, I can’t wait for them to dry out because being stuck inside sucks.  So last week I went hiking on Laurel Bluffs trail at Eno River State Park. Laurel Bluffs trail is very large , so I went on the part between the pump station and Guest Road. That part of the trail is 2.5 mile.  The river was to it maximum capability. Many of the wildlife was not around the area. However, I did see a hummingbird.  It was so fast, I only saw it once. It was fun hiking on trails that are muddling and flooding because it was a challenge to keep my shoes from getting wet and full of mud. Just another thing that keep me on my toes.

Like I say on my last post, I am learning more about mushroom.  I saw more cool looking mushroom on this hike as well as my last one.

I think the red one maybe Hygrocybe miniata. I am not sure. Well, it is hard to identify them. I am starting to thing it maybe more fun to take pictures of them and enjoy the different colors of them.  Plus they look better when there is a collection of them together. On my next post, I will have some better pictures of them.  A friend of mine told me of the macro setting on my camera that I did not know about.  Yeah, so I am still learning how to use my camera.  Well, not everyone can be good at everything at first. Hey, it is fun learning these things and it is a good laugh at the same time.

Another thing I have learned in the past week  is that I can drive up to deer and take their picture without any problem because my car does not make a sound. I have a Prius with is kind of nice in the fact it take less gas than most other cars. It is nice that the deer does not run off as soon as they see me because I am so quiet. What a day, that just made my day to see deer.  Deer are so cute.

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Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill Trail

The other day I hiked on the Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill Trail at Eno River State Park.  There was lots of people hiking at Eno River State Park.  Some people was swimming in the river and walking their dogs. I am not please on how the state park is getting treating my visitors. If you go hiking on this trail, then you have to watch out for dog mess.   I saw butterflies on the trail but I did not like taking pictures of them because they like the dog waste.  It is a little sad that not everyone who go on trails treat the trail and park with respect. First of all, the park had no swimming area. I am not normally someone who press on the issue of not breaking the rules; however, the state park is there to project wildlife habitat. There are some state parks that allow swimming such as Jordan Lake State Park.

There are some beautiful waterfalls on this trail.  I thing I may try this trail again during the morning time or later afternoon when there is fewer people on it.

Hiking in the Rain

Today, I hiked in the rain on Cole Mill Trail.  I was prepared with my rain gear and my waterproof camera.  I felt silly but I enjoy taking pictures of berries and flowers. Sometime I worry too much about what other people thing of me that sometime it keep me from trying new things out. So today I choice  to not think about what other people think of me in full rain gear.  I don’t like getting all wet plus it look like it would rain cats and dogs the next minute.

Plus today I really needing to get out and clear my head.  Rain is just an excuse to not do anything. That is the reason why I have the rain gear in the first place, so I can go hiking ever when it rains. Plus I got some cool pictures out of it. Rain does have away of washing things away which is refreshing.

 

 

Daily hiking at Eno River Cole Mill Trail

Lately, I have been hiking daily on the Eno River State Park Cole Mill Trail. It have been helping me to relax and release some stress. I enjoyed the exercise.  Plus this time of year, the black berries are just starting to ripe. Soon I will be able to see all kind of wildlife out in the open to munch on black berries.  Lots of different types of birds and small animals enjoy black berries.

 

 

That is not the only thing to look forward to,  the turtles are basing in the sun and they are out in large numbers (and large turtles). Sometime you can see the fish from the surface of the water. You just need to know what to look for and where.  Also, every season there are some nice flowers to look forward to.

 

blue Flower

 

Hiking has been a very good thing for me.  It make me feel at peace and I have more confidence in my self. It also give me inspiration to creative beautiful artwork.  I am working on a new piece from when I went on my camping trip at Croatan National Forest.

 

 

 

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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Pea Creek & Dunnagan Trail Eno River State Park

Pea Creek Trail

Today, I enjoy a wonderful hike on Pea Creek and Dunnagan Trail at Eno River State Park.The photo on the left is Pea Creek Trail during the later morning. As a kid, I would play in the woods behind my relation house and make a club house made of vines and other material.  The trail remember me of that like I was on an adventure living off of the land.

I love the sound of water flowing.  It is peaceful and comfortable.  The water flow around the rocks and logs, there is no going through. The noise of everyday life can sometime feel overbearing that is why I like to hike.  I looked for a place on the trail where I don’t hear cars or people.  I walked until I hear nothing but birds and water flowing. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people.  There are some morning where I want to clear my mind.

This morning I saw several six-lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) and American Toad.  The racerunner had a spider in it mouth. When I first starting walking on these trails, I would jump every now or than because it sound like someone would run up from behind me.  However, it was the racerunner dashed from their sun spot. A couple of time, they ran in between my feet. They are very fast (18 mph). The toads are not as fast as the racerunner but as soon as I figure that was the racerunner, then I was able to spot the toad.

American Toad

Six-liner racerunner

Sometime, when I am hiking I stop to read a book or write in my journal   A friend of mine give me a book to read so I stopped half way through my hike to read of the book. So far it is a good book that talks about how we ignore our heart’s wants. It was a hard topic for me because I am having a hard time understand what I want.  I know that I enjoy hiking and I love science. I know right now my job does not match up with what I  want to do.  All I can do is applied for jobs that does match up with what I want.

Hopefully, one day I will be able to enjoy a career in natural resource or similarly field. Until than I will keep hiking and work my day job.