Hey guys, I just got back from a short overnight trip on the Pinhoti trail in Alabama. I dont know about you'all, but my life has been really stressfull lately----its just crazy with all the family and work stuff going on! So, I was finally able to get away for an overnight. My wife is really cool about times like this---she knows I need to get away to the mountains once in a while to get my head straight ! On Thursday, I drove to Cheah state park, and parked at the Cheah trail head. I hiked on the Cave creek trail, and set up camp near cave creek. Its not a very long hike (3 miles), but this wasn't a distance trip---it was a relaxation trip! So, I spent the day reading, hanging out, exploring the surrounding area etc. (it didnt hurt that it is unseasonably warm in the south right now---70 degrees in the day, 50 at night----I wore shorts and a t shirt, and even saw 2 hikers on the trail hiking in shorts, with no shirts!---crazy weather! ) That night, I sat under my tarp in a light rain sipping a cup of peach tea, as an owl was calling in the distance, I couldnt help but think----"man I really needed this! "
Some people take anti depressants, some people drink, some people go to therapists etc. ----hiking is the best medicine for me! (works every time!)
I woke up the next morning to a beautiful orange sunrise! (sorry, no pictures, I didnt bring a camera!) After a great breakfast (carrot cake oatmeal from the "freezer bag " cooking website--one of my favorites!)--I hiked back to my car, and spent the rest of the day geocaching and hiking in the national forest---I drove back home, feeling relaxed and happy! Like I told my wife "I always come back a changed man!"