I set out for a short hike on the AT near Bear's Den. Bear's Den is a sort of pit-stop for AT hikers and contains a few miles of rollercoaster-like trail conditions.
I trekked towards another piece of property that I am very familiar with out there (which I will keep a secret for now) to set up one of my cameras.
The camera here is set a few feet off the ground, well off the actual footpath of the Appalachian Trail, but still in the same area that I know as, Bluemont, Virginia.
A garter snake came out of its rocky housing to see what my noise was all about and stayed around for a minute or two.
|Camera-trap and a garter snake.|
I continued hiking for a few more minutes into a small stream where skunk cabbage was popping out of the ground.
Here is where I conversed with a group of young, "9-to-5-Charlies", that decided to leave the office for a 4 day weekend on the trail.
We did the obligatory, "Hey, how are you?", and the typical, "Where ya headed?", as if nobody had ever asked us these same questions while on the Appalachian Trail.
What was different about this time though, is that I asked them if they've heard any coyotes lately on the trail while sleeping at night.
Their response, "Of course! Almost every night". I smiled, nodded, and wished them well on the rest of their hike.
It may take me some time to come back to this location, as it is an hours drive away. I'll go back there in a couple weeks with some fresh camera batteries and a heart full of camera-trapping hope.
|Skunk cabbage. I can smell this stuff from half a mile away if there is a lot of it.|