Our First Day Hiking in Dolly Sods
Today, October 1, 2012, the Explorers drove about 5.5 hours from OWBC to the trail head out Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. We hike 2.5 RRN (Rough, Rock and Nerve Racking) miles and ended up with a campsite that could be better, but that is what we as people say about anything. Red creek is flowing past our campsite. The cooks are cooking and we are writing articles.
Well before our hiking trip we got trip goals. One of my goals was not to complain at all. So far I’ve been doing pretty good at that goal. Also we were 4100 feet up in the air. We hiked seven miles today too. We also got Butterfingers at a circle-up. That was our day.
West Virginia’s Best
Today as we hiked our seven miles in the Dolly Sods Wilderness, we saw some scenery that is very unusual this far south. We were on the Allegheny front at 4100 ft. We saw what the sods are all about. A mixture of lichens, blueberries, cranberries, and grasses grow around the rocks and stunted spruces. The landscape really reminds me of Denali Park with smaller mountains. I’m on the lookout for caribou and moose!
Today we woke up at 7:00 and ate a good breakfast. We then put our packs on and started hiking up the trail. After about a mile we set down our packs and hiked to Bear Rocks. Bear Rocks was awesome! There were caves and huge rocks. We then hiked back to our packs and hiked about 2 miles. We then ate lunch. After lunch we hiked about 1 mile to a siesta spot. After siesta we hiked about 3 more miles to our beautiful campsite. After we set up our tents we showered under a beautiful waterfall. After we showered we did our campsite chores.
The trip out
Today we got a good start to the trail. We hiked for about two miles. We also stopped at our first campsite for four hours and ate lunch. We went swimming and just kinda hung out. After that we took a nice warm siesta on the rocks. We then decided to hike a different trail to leave. So one Chief hiked to the car and moved it to a different trail head. He then hiked the trail to our campsite. We hope tomorrow to drive up to Bear Rocks before sunrise to eat breakfast up on the rocks. It will be an awesome view. Then we will head home. We will also stop for ice cream along the way.