Not many people don’t know where they’ll be in 6 months. Sure, your lease may be expiring soon and you may not know if you’re renewing or not… but for the most part people know.
Right now I don’t know.
(Warning: What follows contains no pictures or travel insights. It is me breaking the 4th wall, although perhaps not going full meta-analysis. Proceed at your own peril.)
Life is tenacious and there’s nothing like hiking in the desert to realize that fact. Despite the heat and arid climate, the path leading from the Pima Canyon trailhead is nothing short of lush. Sure, everything is covered in thorns…but there is a remarkable amount of greenery for such a seemingly inhospitable land.
Looking to camp on Cumberland Island, well then you’re gonna need to figure out which campground you want to stay at! Although some of the barrier islands seem like backcountry playgrounds that allow beach camping, everything is tightly managed at Cumberland befitting it status as a National Seashore.
If you’re just joining me, then perhaps you’ll want to check out my previous post which provides an overview of my trip to the island. Otherwise, read on!
Cumberland Island is a barrier island off of the coast of Georgia. Its probably best known for being one of the few places you can go camping with wild horses.
Needless to say my goal was to see a wild horse. Much like my trip to the Okefenokee, my goal was met within the first hour or so of arriving on the island.
There is always a first time for everything. Or, there is always a first time for everything you do at least once. For me, this was my first time canoe camping. I’ve camped instead of staying in hotels on long road trips. I’ve RV camped. I’ve gone glamping. I’ve camped on overnight backpacking trips. But canoe camping? This was new to me.
And you know what? Its awesome. But, a goodly part of it being awesome was the location, and of the Okefenokee Swamp I do not think enough good things can be said.
I’ve read somewhere that summer is the best time to camp (and thus possibly by extension to hike). To that person, I ask “Have you ever hiked in the South?”
Maybe in Seattle where the summers are a balmy 70 degrees and the weather channel warns of a heat wave when the mercury rises to 85 (For my fellow southerners – I am not kidding. It may have something to do with the fact that AC is not a standard features on homes) but in when its 95+ degrees out the only activity I want to do outside is drink beer.
That said, as August gets ready to give way to September, Atlanta has been treated to unseasonably cool weather! An early Fall? Fingers crossed!
So in order to take advantage of the cool weather a hike was called for! Continue reading
My experience with swamps is fairly succinct: When I was in 8th grade we took a class trip that included a jaunt down to the Okefenokee Swamp. A brief raft ride, some pointing at alligators, and I think someone may have drank the swamp water after the guide assured us it was cleaner than it looked.
And that’s been it really. As such, I think I should be forgiven for expecting to do any hiking in the vicinity of a
lake swamp in Louisiana.