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    Dayhike to Shortoff Mtn and the water tree

    Went with a buddy up Shortoff Mtn (in Linville Gorge) on Saturday. Our mission: to find the water tree. It was a good thing I had the GPS waypoint (thanks to the guys at www.linvillegorge.net!) because we lost the trail. Finally found the water tree after a little bit of scrambling! Whoohooo mission accomplished, and a good learning experience in using the gps. It was better than geocaching, because we both sat and drank the water for a pretty long time.

    The view was fantastic at the edge, the wind up there was very strong. Once all our "whoo buddy's" were said and lunch eaten, the plan was to hike back down and camp at Lake James State Park, where Duke Power had drawn down the lake water to work on the Dam. Next time we're camping up top though.

    The sign at the State Park said that all tents had to be on the pad, so we were curious to see what the Ranger would say about our hammocks just off the pad. She came by and brightly said that she had just bought an Eno Double and really enjoyed camping with it. She was very nice.

    A good trip, but a short one.

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    Glad you had a good hike.

    No hammocks?
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    My camera battery died, but my buddy has a few good pics of the hammocks. Here are some of them:
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    Looks like a great way to spend the day.
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    Nice. Glad to hear you had a nice hike.
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    Quite a view from Shortoff ...on a good day. And that looks like a good day!
    Fancy tent pads.....
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    Shug's right ... that's might fancy tent pads for sure! Looked like a good day to visit Shortoff. Quite a few folks had good trips in the big ditch this past weekend. I've enjoyed reading their adventures the last couple days!

    Glad you had a good time!

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    Patrick, the side trail to the Water Tree-was is still surrounded by thousands of blow downs from the fire? If memory serves it was a very serpentine side trail to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    If memory serves it was a very serpentine side trail to it.
    Heck Medicine Man, maybe you need a memory check up, we were just there last October!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    Patrick, the side trail to the Water Tree-was is still surrounded by thousands of blow downs from the fire? If memory serves it was a very serpentine side trail to it.
    Sorry, been on vacation and just saw this... yes, the trail winds through the blow downs and we lost the trail after stepping over one. The fire really wiped out the trees, and there's a lot of debris still strewn about. It's like getting to a little oasis once you find the water tree though.


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