Monday, August 10, 2015

Shoal Creek in Midsummer

This summer has been long, hot, and very fun. My cousins, Becca and Jonathan, stayed with us over the course of the summer. We went on many outdoor adventures, but here I will only chronicle the best.

In June, Jeff, Becca, and Cortney wished to go camping. I recall Pine Glen as being a very nice campground, and so that is where I guided us to. We loaded up the truck and headed into the forest stopping at an overlook on the way.

The Horseblock Mountain Fire Tower loomed over the overlook, reminding us of a time before aircraft and other technology when rangers had to keep a constant vigil in these towers against the ever-present threat of wildfires. 

Pine Glen is a regular on this blog, a pleasant little campground in a bend on Shoal Creek. 

We swam in the creek after pitching our tents in the campground. 

While swimming we were joined by one of the locals. 

He appears to be an Eastern Kingsnake, a fairly well regarded reptile even by the most Herpetophobic of people, as they eat other snakes. They are immune to pit viper venom, and so can eat Copperheads and even Rattlesnakes. 

After swimming, we returned to our warm and dry campsite and began fixing dinner. 

The air was hot, and the mosquitoes were aggressive, but it was still nice to be outside. The smoky, crackling flames helped to drive back the bloodsucking onslaught. 

The next morning the sun caught the treetops in the wee hours of the morning. The days are much longer this time of year, and I arose at first light. 

We packed up and headed out immediately after breakfast. 
It was a good campout, very calm and peaceful. 

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