Raven Cliffs Trail, Jan 2015

Raven Cliff Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in the area. At the end of the easy 2.5 mile trail is, well, a rock cliff. This is the third time Greg and I have done this trail and the second time we finished it. (The last time, we turned back due to a yellow jacket nest on the trail. This was literally the week after we were attacked by hornets on the Yellow Mtn Trail, so we were a bit skittish of flying, stingy things.) You can see pictures from our first Raven Cliff hike here.

This time, we took our ever-happy trail corg with us. Scotch loved his hike.

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Happy New Year Hike! – Blood Mtn Loop

Happy new year everyone! Surprisingly, there were no hangovers this morning, so Greg and I celebrated the new year by going on a hike. We decided to do the full Blood Mountain Loop, which involves the Byron Herbert Reece, Freeman, and Appalachian trails. The hike is a total of 6 miles. There are very few flat spots, with the trail mostly being slightly up or down hill the entire way. We’ve done parts of this trail before, but some parts of it were new to us. We also took our Corgi, Scotch, with us today, and it was all new to him. This hike also marks the first time we’ve ever met another hiking corgi. One corgi on a mountain trail is enough to elicit excitement, but two corgis caused some outright astonishment among fellow hikers (“Are you guys with the other corgi group?” “Did you know there’s another corgi ahead/behind you?” “Wow, I never thought I’d see hiking corgis!” and so on and so forth). A clear, gorgeous day plus a holiday means that the trail was packed (this is one of the most popular trails in the area). Overall, it was a wonderful day and an awesome hike.