January 1 & 2, 2010

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My wife (fiancée at the time) and I were able to head out the first day of the year (2010) to Sipsey Wilderness. Just the 2 of us. It was a wonderful way to begin the year. Even though we didn’t get to bring in the new year under the nice big moon, all alone in the middle of the woods, it was still nice to get out there. We had a good hike.
We parked at the Sipsey Trailhead (which is at the bridge in the first few pics) and hiked in. We crossed over the Sipsey River, then stopped at Falls Creek Falls briefly, then took off. Our destination was Bee Branch. However, with our later start, and the early sunset we stopped at a nice campsite we came across around 330 in the afternoon and set up our camp. Soon after night descended upon us, and we retreated into the tent for the night.
We awoke the next morning to a very cold morning. However, it was so nice out there. The sound of the river in the distance, and just me and her. Some frost here and there. Perfect reason to snuggle together!. Alas, we decided to rise and get some breakfast in us. Upon arising, we found we moved quickly trying to get warm, so before we knew it we had cooked, ate, cleaned and packed up. So, off we went.
The hike out was nice as we saw lots of icicles. Even some of the smaller trees were leaning slightly sideways and the branches were completely enclosed in ice, the sharp pointy needles on the evergreens frozen in place. many of the icicles were long and pointed because of the water dripping off of the walls of the box canyon that is the Sipsey Wilderness.
We had a great time. The Sipsey area is a beautiful area, and with all the sparkling ice, it was even more so. I have not been back since this time, but I will one day.

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