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2017 Adventures

...the year in review...
After the wild ride of 2016, where I visited twice as many places as I normally would, embarking on a three week eleven state road trip, 2017 looks quiet by comparison. However, two short road trips and mine and Robin's honeymoon made this year the second most heavily traveled year since I started hiking. The first road trip took The Dog Wonder and myself down south to see all of the state parks and a wildlife refuge in the southwest part of the state. Shortly thereafter I reunited with both Randall and Matt for our first adventure as a trio in seven years. Robin and I made our honeymoon spot in a sleepy little town in South Carolina, where we explored salt marshes, took a storm battered ferry ride to Fort Sumter and toured the only tea plantation in the United States! Late summer brought a trip to Georgia and an obscure state park right on the South Carolina line to see the solar eclipse, and our first camping trip as a couple, a truly amazing experience.

All Hiking Adventures

[Camping Trips in RED, Cabin stays in BLUE]
Date Preview Locations Length Photos Journal
Dec 14 Perdido Key State Park, FL
no trails
Dec 13 Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, AL
Bowles Woods Trail, Live Oak Trail, Battery Trail, Gopher Trail, Osprey Trail
1 mi
Dec 13 Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, MS
C. L. Dees Nature Trail, Fontainebleau Nature Trail
2.75 mi
Dec 13 Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge/National Estuarine Research Reserve, MS
Oak Grove Loop Trail, Savanna Trail Boardwalk, Savanna Trail
1.75 mi
Dec 12 Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, AL
Point Beach Trail
4 mi
Dec 12 Weeks Bay National Estaurine Research Reserve, AL
Interpretive Boardwalk, Live Oak Trail, Bog Boardwalk (Kurt G. Wintermeyer Trail), Blue Two Trail, Upland Loop
2.5 mi
Dec 1-3 Tims Ford State Park, TN
Old Spann House Trail, Highland Rim Wildflower Trail, Clifton Doyle Trail, Bike Trail
6 mi
Nov 11 Cedars Of Lebanon State Park, TN
Hidden Springs Trail, Limestone Sinks Trail, Cedar Glades Loop, Cedar Forest Loop, Dixon Merritt Trail, Jackson Cave Trail
8 mi
Nov 5 Bankhead National Forest, AL
Upstream on Brushy Creek from Brushy Lake Recreation Area
4 mi
Nov 4 Radnor Lake State Park, TN
Spillway Trail, Dam Walkway, Otter Creek Road Section 1
0.6 mi
Oct 29 Sipsey Wilderness Area, AL
Flanagin Creek, Borden Creek
6 mi
Oct 1 Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, TN
Old Stone Fort Loop, Moat Trail, Forks of The River Trail, Backbone Trail, Moat Trail
4 mi
Sep 30 Dismals Canyon Conservatory, AL
Dismals Canyon Loop
1.25 mi
Sep 17 Cooley Cemetery Trail, TVA Land, AL
Cooley Cemetery Trail
6 mi
Aug 20 Toccoa Falls, GA
Toccoa Falls Trail
0.5 mi
Aug 20 Tallulah Gorge State Park, GA
North Rim Trail, South Rim Trail, Hurricane Falls Trail
5 mi
Aug 19-22 Tugaloo State Park, GA
Sassafras Trail, Muscadine Trail, Muscadine Overlook Trail
4 mi
Aug 13 Ghost Creek Falls, AL
unnamed trails, private land
0.25 mi
Aug 13 South Cumberland State Park, TN
Denny Cove, Main Trail, Waterfall Trail, Denny East Trail, Denny West Trail, Overlook Trail
5 mi
Jun 24 Providence Canyon State Park, GA
White Trail Loop
4.5 mi
Jun 23-25 Florence Marina State Park, GA
Marina Mile Trail, unnamed trails
2.5 mi
May 26 Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
Driving Tour
-- mi
May 24 Fort Sumter National Monument, SC
no trails
-- mi
May 24 Angel Oak Park, SC
no trails
-- mi
May 23 "The Sands" Port Royal Boat Landing, SC
Henry Robinson Boardwalk
1 mi
May 22 Cypress Wetlands Park, SC
Cypress Wetlands Loop, + lower wetlands area
1.25 mi
May 21 Ocmulgee National Monument, GA
unnamed trails
0.6 mi
Apr 17 Marbut Bend, TVA Lands, AL
Marbut Bend Trail
1.5 mi
Apr 1 Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area, TN
Little Cedar Mountain Trail, Pond Trail
4 mi
Apr 1 Nickajack Cave Wildlife Refuge, TN
Boardwalk Trail
1 mi
Mar 19 Green Mountain Preserve, AL
Alum Cave Trail, East Plateau Loop, West Plateau Loop, *unnamed unfinished trail*, Oak Hill Trail, Buzzard Falls Trail
4.5 mi
Feb 18-19 Sipsey Wilderness Area, AL
Quillan Creek, Riddle Creek
7 mi
Feb 11 Chickasaw State Park, AL
no trails
Feb 11 Bladon Springs State Park, AL
no trails
Feb 11 Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, AL
Nature Trail
0.75 mi
Feb 10-11 Service Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Land, AL
Pink Loop, Orange Loop, Yellow Trail
2 mi
Feb 10 Roland Cooper State Park, AL
Chipmunk Trail, Lakeside Trail
2 mi
Feb 5 Sipsey Wilderness, AL
Upper Hagood Creek
5 mi
Jan 21 Point Mallard Park, AL
Chief Doublehead Trail, Chief Black Fox Trail, Dr. Bill Sims Hike-bike Way
2.75 mi