June 3rd, 2010

Today I took a nice little stroll in the Tishomingo State Park. I covered about 5 miles and I used the My Track app on my phone to record it again. The only problem is that I activated it at the truck when leaving, but did not activate the GPS. So, I hiked for about 25 minutes or so, and then found a nice place to have my breakfast, and when I pulled the phone out and looked at it I then realized it was not on. So, I activated it, but I missed recording a section of the hike. So, the ending point on the map below (the red dot) is my starting point also, but the green dot is where I had breakfast and realized to turn on the GPS.

And here are some stats from my hike that the My Track app recorded:

Total distance:  4.13 miles
Total Time:  3:27:44
Moving Time:  1:00:52
Average Speed:  1.22 mph
Average Moving Speed:  4.07 mph
Max Speed:  5.03 mph
Min Elevation:  240 ft
Max Elevation:  522 ft
Elevation Gain:  1,260 ft
Min Grade:  – 7.3 %
Max Grade:  – 0.9 %

And here is a slide show of the pictures I took today. (TR with pics to follow slide show.)

And now for the TR…

I drove to the Tishomingo SP this and set out for a nice morning of hiking. I parked across from the old cabin and took the trail across the street with plans of coming out on the other side of the street by the cabin. So I ventured off…

Beginning my hike

Beginning my hike

This section of the trail is a less popular section, so the trail was seriously overgrown. I felt like I was doing some light bushwhacking on this section of the trail. Branches reaching all the way across the trail and full of spider webs, weeds and overgrowth all along the trail path, it was kind of rough at times. I was really worried that I would walk upon a snake so I was really trying to keep a watch at my feet.

Part of the trail at the beginning. (A good part.)

So I ate spider webs for about 25 minutes and finally came to a wider section of trail. This section of the trail quickly led to an old wooden bridge that stretched across the creek that I had been following along the trail. The trail was anywhere from 30 – 100 ft from the creek.

Wooden bridge going over creek

Wooden bridge going over creek

Wooden bridge

Wooden bridge

This bridge came out at the disc golf fields. I am not sure how many “holes” there are on the course since I have never played, but the place the bridge came out at was following some of the “holes.”The field (or rather road / trail) followed the large creek. There were a few places where a trail had been made to the edge of the creek. I ventured off on one and noticed a turtle trying to swim upstream in the water, but as I got closer to get a picture, the turtle must have noticed me and swam below. There was a tree that had fallen in the creek where I was at. It had probably fell in from the recent rains we had, raising the water level, and then dropping back down frequently.

Fallen tree in the creek

Fallen tree in the creek

I continued on down the road a little ways and then stopped near one of the disc golf holes in a nice little open spot to cook my breakfast, or boil my water. I carried my tarp just in case of rain, and figured why not pitch it here and now? So, I did.

The backcountry kitchen

The backcountry kitchen

The Gram Weenie Pro heating up

The Gram Weenie Pro heating up

Boiling the water in the Ti pot

Boiling the water in the Ti pot

I made a cup of coffee, and had some oatmeal and raisin and cinnamon bread. I enjoyed my little meal and being outdoors. I could hear the creek flowing and the birds chirping, it was nice.

After I finished my meal I cleaned up my stuff, took down my tarp and packed up my pack. I lingered for a little bit, just enjoying the moment, then took off again. I followed the trail out to the actual park. I walked near the pool, across the kids play ground, and up to the cabled bridge crossing the large creek (or maybe a small river at this point).

The cable bridge going over the creek

The cable bridge going over the creek

Crossing over this bridge I came to a warning sign. But I had no reason to adhere to this warning.

Warning.

Warning.

Then I finished crossing over the bridge.

The other end of the cable bridge

The other end of the cable bridge

On the other side of the bridge, the trail makes a loop. The trail goes up into the woods and follows some large rock structures. There are actually some walls that can be climbed, but these are nothing seriously big. Maybe 25 – 30 feet tall on a few sections. There has been times I have seen others out here with climbing gear, but today I saw no one, at least on the trails. This loop is the most widely used trails at the park, so these trails were pretty well-maintained and I did not have to eat many spider webs on this part!

Breaking in the Chaco's (That's a 20 ft drop off.)

Breaking in the Chaco's (That's a 20 ft drop off.)

So, I followed the trail for a while and it followed the edge of some rocky cliffs, and I passed some tiny waterfalls and eventually under some larger rock overhangs.

Just going down the trail...

Just going down the trail...

A large rock overhang

Under the Overhang

Under the Overhang

Along the way I also came across some prints in some mud that I was not sure what they were. They looked to be too big for a dogs footprint, but I am not an expert in this so I don’t know. I have heard rumors of there being bears in this part of the state, but I am not sure how true they are. Maybe you can tell me.

What is this from?

So, I kept following the trail and it turned back and then followed the creek back to the cable bridge. I crossed back over the bridge and headed towards the paved road to get to the next section of the trail. I walked a few hundred feet up the road and then cut off on a side trail that came up behind a large lodging area in the park. This was a nice part since it was stone steps leading all the way up to the top.

Stairs going up to the lodge

Once I got to the top I followed a dirt road back towards the paved road. I would have to follow the paved road for about 1/4th of a mile before I could get back on the trail. This is where I ran into my bear!

I met a friendly bear

Wouldn’t you know it, he even offered to hold my bag while I rested for a minute! :) I also came across some old school picnic tables. These were stone tables, and I wouldn’t mind having one in my yard, one day.

Old school Picnic Tables

More Picnic Tables

After passing these I walked down the road for a ways. I finally came to where the trail goes back off the road, and I took it. Here again, the trail was seriously overgrown. Also, the trail makes a hard right while going down some stone stairs and it is very easily missed. This is the second time I had to backtrack a little ways here.

Heading back into the woods

There's the trail

I followed the trail through here for a while. The trail squeezed between closely fallen rocks or simply followed a rock wall. These were the good spots. At times it ventured away from the rocks and into the wooded area, and these areas was quite overgrown. At one point I completely lost the trail. I had to wander around the area for a little bit before I finally found the trail again. Needless to say, I ate a few more thick spider webs through this area. And quite honestly I was wanting the road back rather than this.

I followed through this for a little longer, then came to an old road crossing. I crossed over the road and then back onto the trail on the other side, but I chose against fighting the brush and spider webs, and still waiting to cross a snake, so I went back to the road and took the road back to the truck for the last section of the hike. However, there were still some nice views along the road.

A flower on the way out

A flower on the way out

So I ventured back to my truck. But once I got there I didn’t hop in and take off. Instead I crossed the street and went to the old cabin and checked it out. I have been here quite a few times, but you can’t come here and not go in the cabin.

The cabin

The cabin

The well at the cabin

The well at the cabin

At this point my feet were letting me know that they hadn’t quite gotten familiar with my Chaco’s. So, after a brief tour I did decide to head back to the truck. I still had to go to another campgrounds and reserve a site for a family car camping trip next week. So, I headed back.

Back at the truck

Back at the truck

Back at the truck I pulled out some wet wipes, got cleaned up, and posed for a picture.

I am not really this serious looking...

I am not really this serious looking...

So I am happy that I got to get out on a hike today. It was a nice time out, and I got to try out a few things a little more.

  1. Chaco’s
  2. Gram Weenie Pro stove & windscreen
  3. Backcountry.com 700 ml Ti Pot
  4. Backcountry.com Ti Spork
  5. OES 8 x 10 sil tarp

Thanks for reading.

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