This is not really a post. It’s another hiking collage. Some of you probably don’t find that interesting so I thought I would give you a warning right off the bat. Consider yourself warned. You can now go watch soccer playing alpacas on YouTube. I won’t even trick you into a Rickroll this time. I know, I’m the goods. For those of you who do like hiking stuff read on.
I’m back in southern Mississippi for work. My son, Dusty, is stationed only three hour from here and he was nice enough to come hang out with his old man for Father’s Day weekend. He caught the hiking bug from me a few years ago so while he was here we decided to knock out a 12 mile hike. We did this for a couple of reasons. First, we like it. Second, we are training for a two week hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in September. In order to reach our destination on time we need to average 12 miles a day. This trail happened to be 12 miles so we thought we’d give it a go and see how we did. I know real hikers are probably laughing at this pitiful mileage, but we gotta start somewhere.
The trail here in Mississippi is the Tuxachanie Trail. You might remember that I hiked half of it back in May on my first trip here. This time we would hike the whole thing from beginning to end. We were able to accomplish this by taking two cars and leaving one at the destination trail head. This made me very happy because I don’t much care for having to reverse a trek I’ve already taken. I was afraid the heat was going to be unbearable but we caught a break. It lightly rained off and on all day and while that might sound miserable to some, it actually worked to keep things cool. While things were a little wet and muddy, it was still very enjoyable. We completed the 12 miles in 5 hours. Granted, this was without full packs and there were no elevation changes to really speak of, but we were satisfied that if we could do 12 miles in this amount of time here, we could probably do 12 in a full day in the mountains of Virginia. Below are some of the pictures we took.
After our successful stroll we did what any hiker would, we found a trail shelter with a casino in it! I don’t think they have these on the AT yet. They should get working on that.