Was so happy to wake up at beautiful Chewacla State Park in Auburn, AL in private, wooded, campsite #31. Grateful for Wiley, who drove through the dark in dense fog and slow traffic, as I slept in the back of the van, to get us here, the previous night. When I awoke, it was not raining and was warm, so everything I was hoping for. Thank you, Chewacla!
At lunchtime, we took the puppies for a hike from the campground across the road to the lake. We hiked around the lake past the fabulous CCC bathhouse and cabins on the Falls View Trail. We spoke to a fisherman, who like us, was removing his long sleeve top, under the full sun. It was actually, hot, but I was not complaining. We hiked down past the dam, along the rushing falls and river. We then hiked up and over the mountain to get to the quieter, shallow part of the river, so Nigel could play ball and Pippa do some hunting. Nigel was over the moon with the shallows and rocks, that were such fun for him to jump through to retrieve his ball. Pippa enjoyed hunting on the steep river bank. She got half her body in a fallen tree, snorting and digging to get something, that may or may not have been in there, but she believed it was. We’d seen a lizard earlier, so her switched was flipped. She thought there were critters in every hole and fallen tree. That’s my huntress! After a little bit of play time, we returned to Happy for lunch and to get back to work.
After work, we hiked around the lake in the opposite direction. We hiked past the beaver pond, along Chewacla creek, to Moores Mill Creek by several wonderful CCC bridges . Nigel played some ball and Pippa hunted for a few on the bank, before we hopped on the Boy Scout Troop 30 Trail, which followed the creek. It was a nice trail through the forest and mountain laurel, along the lovely, rushing creek, with many cascades and shoals. The sun started going down, so we had to turn around. On our way back, we swung by the mountain bike jumps loop. Chewacla is the mountain bike Mecca of Alabama with over 30mi. of single track trails. We had a 4.5mi. day, which is the first hiking I’ve done since being taken down with the flu 12/26. I felt good, not nearly as fatigued, as I thought I’d be. I was grateful. Nothing like an illness to make you appreciate your health. Great day!
As promised, PICTURES!!!