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    Alabama mental health trip!

    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!"
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    Awesome, and some people don't understand why we enjoy this.....I don't know why not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Hey guys, I just got back from a short overnight trip on the Pinhoti trail in Alabama.


    Some people take anti depressants, some people drink, some people go to therapists etc. ----hiking is the best medicine for me!
    Nice get away, sounds so nce! Ever seen a backpack/hammock/or motorcycle at a shrink's office? I rest my case...
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    Glad you had a great trip at Cheaha and I feel your pain!!! I am in need of a Nature intervention soon as well.
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    Stevebo, glad you got away. There is something in nature that restores us to a better rhythm. Yep, better than anything that can be prescribed from the pharmacy. Good for you--and everyone else too!

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    I was just talking to my wife today about doing this at Sipsey sometime next year. We just had a baby boy a few weeks back so haven't been in the woods much. Getting the itch bad
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    Tea and an owl hooting whilst sipping.......Peachy!
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    I had the same feeling after unloading a box of shells on some wood ducks yesterday morning. Man I love duck hunting on the river at daybreak!

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    That's nice Steve, Cheaha is good medicine.
    You said that you camped near Cave Creek: have you seen the cave yet?

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    Good for you! I could use one of those about now. Next time... pictures! Though I do understand it was a getaway and even taking a picture can change the effect.

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