I Ain’t As Good As I Once Was…

“I ain’t as good as I once was, I’ve got a few years on me now…“

The line from Toby Keith’s song As Good As I Once Was is resonating kinda loudly with me right now. I spent the weekend hiking and camping on the Pine Mountain Trail with Ashley and her dog Cooper and now I’m one hurtin’ pup. We had fun but having fun can be painful sometimes, especially if you’re not in the greatest shape. I haven’t spent as much time bashing around the woods this year as I had hoped to. Rather than going into why, let’s just say that life got in the way and leave it at that.

Ashley and Cooper were heading home from Athens for the weekend and ConnieLou had a shopping and lunch date planned with Linda and Charlene, friends from YHC. I’ve been wanting to start hiking the Pine Mountain Trail for a while so I asked Ashley if she wanted to go and take Cooper. She did so Saturday morning we packed up, loaded up and headed down the road. We made a quick stop at the Whistlin’ Pig Café in Pine Mountain to pick up a couple of barbeque sammiches for lunch then headed over to the FDR State Park office to pick up our backcountry permit, parking pass and a couple of trail maps.

office

And then it was on to the trailhead at the Molly Hugger Hill parking lot…

pmt

molly-hugger

We ate our sammiches in the parking lot, then unloaded our gear and got ready to head off to the Big Knot campsite, a little over three miles down the trail.

packs

hikersme

At the park office we learned that there was a fire ban in effect along the trail (OK, this wasn’t exactly unexpected) so I was able to leave a couple of things in the car that we wouldn’t need.

fire-ban

Once on the trail we found the Pine Mountain Trail to be very well marked. Not only was the trail itself marked…

signs

blue-blaze

There were also mileage markers along the trail and each of the campsites were marked…

mile-markers

big-knot-sign
The section of trail that we hiked, between trail miles 7.8 and 11.1, passed mostly through hardwood forests…

trail-1

woods

There were plenty of rocky places along the trail but the worst, and by far most interesting was Rattlesnake Bluff…

rattlesnake-bluff

If I’d really been thinking I would have planned out hike so that we were walking toward the east in the afternoon and to the west on our way out Sunday morning…but I wasn’t so we had the sun in our eyes…

afternoon-woods

Oh well…

We found a few caches along the trail…

cache

And Cooper got to splash around in the creeks that we crossed…

creek-pup

There were plenty of tiny waterfalls to be seen…

tiny-falls

Unfortunately there weren’t too many scenic views along this stretch trail but the few we had were pretty nice…

view

Once at our campsite we hung our hammocks. With no rain in sight we decided to forego hanging up our tarps and sleep under the stars, easily one of our best decisions…

camp

Ashley fixed Cooper a place to sleep but he decided he needed a little hammock time too…

cooper-blanket

cooper-hammock

Once our camp was situated we set about cooking supper and spending some time relaxing…

cooking-supper

Dark seems to come early in the woods and by 8:00 were perfectly happy to settle into our hammocks for the night.

When darkness comes early, so does daylight…

morning

By 8:00 or so we were packed up and hiking back out to the car…

hiking-out

Another fun, if not tiring, weekend in the books.

For more information about the Pine Mountain Trail, visit the Pine Mountain Trail Association’s website at http://www.pinemountaintrail.org.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Backpacking, FDR State Park, Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park, Georgia, Georgia State Parks, Pine Mountain Trail. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to I Ain’t As Good As I Once Was…

  1. Clare says:

    Looks fab and those hammocks – wow.
    on a different note… Sammiches…I’ve never seen that before. Brilliant!

  2. johnspenn says:

    I was there in April, didn’t hike on the PMT though. It seemed crowded- were there alot of people there?

    • mrbream says:

      John, it can be crowded at times, especially in the spring and fall. Summer and winter typically aren’t as busy. We saw a few day hikers and there was a big group of scouts at the next campsite over from where we were (3/4 mile away maybe). We heard them once in a while but not enough to be a bother. FDR SP is a very popular park for car campers and motor home folks but thats all pretty well separated from the PMT except at the park office.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s