Today was an interesting day, in a good way. I hiked from Log Cabin Road up to Flint Mountain Shelter, which was a little over 17 miles.
I started hiking at 6 a.m. for some reason. I needed my headlamp for under an hour to see, even with the moon out.
The sun eventually did rise and it was pretty good hiking weather. The afternoon got a little warm.
The trail turned pretty rock by mid morning and stayed so until early afternoon.
Just as I was nearing a big cliff, a mountain lion ran down the hill, out of the brush, over the trail and down into a ravine. All about 30 feet in front of me. It showed no interest in me, but still pretty wild.
Then the rock trail lead up to a exposed ridgeline, with fantastic views. Very pleased to have had good weather. I almost teared up, being able to see so far and some of what I hiked over.
As I was getting closer to camp, I came across some graves. My understanding is the Sheltons were brothers from North Carolina who joined the Union Army during the Civil War. They returned home for a family reunion, only to be killed in an ambush. Millard was an innocent bystander who was also killed.
Before I made it to camp, I passed Big Butt Bypass and choose to include it here for no other reason than it amused me. You do not have to admit it amuses you too, but I know it does!
The skies are clear now. The weather forecast has an 80 percent chance of rain tonight. It looked like it would rain earlier, but not now. Time will tell.