This past spring I was fortunate to visit Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina. The park is known for its scenic views and well maintained hiking trails. When I arrived, the wind was up and definitely brisk.
I was really looking forward to camping since it was going to be the first time I got to use my new camping trailer. After a few months of sawing, gluing, screwing and caulking my home made trailer was going to get it’s first test. More on that later..
The park has a small lake which was literally empty when I was there. Because of the weather, it seemed that no one wanted to brave the cold. Sometimes, that is the best time to fish. As I was walking around on the first day, I met a fellow that was clearly enjoying the peace and quiet. Without interrupting him, I waved and walked on around the lake.
After the 3/4 mile loop around the lake, I decided I would tackle a couple of trails. First up was a short 1/2 mile hike to view a couple of small falls that dot the landscape around Hanging Rock. I met only a young couple and their baby on the trail. As proper when hiking, I took some pictures of them with their camera at one of the falls. It seems that people are always looking to help a fellow traveler on a hiking path.
The temperature was falling and the weather service was calling for a cool night in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s. With the wind, it seemed that the temperature was much colder. I arrived back at my campsite and started a fire. The wind was causing the fire to swirl and it was difficult to keep it lit until I had a few coals.
There fire finally caught and it was time for food. One of great joys of camping is getting to eat foods prepared over the fire. But due to the wind, I opted to use my camping stove. Hotdogs with chili were the meal of the evening and they didn’t disappoint. Add to that some hot cocoa, a few tortilla chips and it was time to enjoy the fire and do some reading.
I brought my tablet and read for about an hour. Temperatures were dropping and it was getting time to hit the sack….. there was a reason I wanted to go to bed early. Let’s say I just got into my trailer and instead of reading, I turned on the television. I had installed a 12 volt flat screen tv in the trailer and hoped that I could get a few channels. To my great surprise, I got about 15 channels.
The hiking, the cooler temperatures, the hot cocoa was causing me to nod off. Sleep came early and hard. Before I knew it, it was morning and my next adventure awaited. That is the subject of another post.. Day Two