Packed up and left around 4ish Friday for Mohican.
Heading north on SR 3 just before downtown Loudonville a deer came out from the east attempting to cross the road.
It struck my car, destroyed my passenger side mirror, dented my passenger door in to the point it can't open and dinged up my passenger rear quarter panel.
BE CAREFUL DRIVING ANYTIME BUT ESPECIALLY AFTER DARK ON BACK ROADS. DEER ARE DANGEROUS!!!
If I had arrived there a split second later and T-boned it, who knows what would have happened.
I usually attempt to be at camp before dusk to avoid situations such as these. If it had been light, I may have seen the deer heading for the road, maybe not but I would have had a better chance at least.
I stop into McDonald's to assess the damage to my car. I swing back through to see if the deer is still there. It hopped off into the woods.
Successfully shaken up, I head the mile or so to the park and pack lot. Attempt to make it up the hill and end up sliding all the way back down to the lower lot. I admit defeat, squeeze my car in to an empty spot at the lower lot, and head in for the hike to spot 10.
I like spot 10 better than 9, however, even in the winter, there were kids/teenagers/youngins getting rowdy at the cabins below after midnight so I could only imagine the noise during high season.
I make it to camp. Luke, HomeMadeHiker, Bannerstone, USMCStang, CB and his wife Monica (I believe? I can barely remember forum names not to mention real names
) and Loki their dog (who was very well behaved and a ball of fun), and Brother Jeffrey were there.
I made camp and settled around a nice fire with great eats (the chocolate banana bread is a cold weather must! Stayed defrosted, moist, and delicious even at below freezing temps all day and night).
Hit the hay around 11-midnight. Slept fine in my tablecloth hammock with stacked 15* Incubator and 40* Phoenix with stacked 40* and 20* Burrows on top. Superfly tarp kept the snow off me. Temperature hit 20 according to my thermometer and we got maybe 1-3 inches of snow overnight.
Woke up, broke camp and hung around the fire Saturday morning. Hiked the MTB trail back to site 9 to say hey to the BCUSA guys. They had some interesting setups (and even a few hammocks!). Some of the hot tents looked toasty. Most of us headed out to check out spots 1-3 on the southern side of the park.
The next warmer weather hang should be planned for these spots. There is a stream crossing to reach them (hence why we would want to wait for warmer weather to plan to hang there), but the sites looked pretty cool and you wouldn't have to pack a gallon of water like we have to do at spots 8-10 as spots 1-3 are right on the creek. Trailhead coordinates for spots 1-3 are 40° 35' 49" N, 82° 18' 46" W
All in all a fun night (except the deer situation, of course).
Got to hang with good friends and meet some new folks.
Did Treeslayer ever meet up with you HomeMadeHiker? Felt bad leaving the guy that traveled the furthest all by his lonesome on Saturday.