Thankfully the skies were friendly and no snow fell last night. The temperature couldn’t be much above 40, but the sun was out, so the dogs and I went for a walk. We connected Lewis Trail Falls with the Appalachian Trail to complete a 3.3 mile loop. The view of the falls was mediocre at best, but the view of the valley below and the mountains afar was lovely. I didn’t see that many people on the trail, maybe ten or so hikers, but Kathy was nice enough to take a picture of me and the dogs.
As I returned back to camp, I saw the same buck I saw last night or at least it was a buck of the same stature in the same general area. He was following a doe and not far away was a young buck who had just begun growing his antlers. The large buck cooperated pretty well for photos. He looked right at me, he scratched his back with his antlers, he scratched his head on a low hanging tree branch and then continued across the road.
After lunch in VANilla, we headed to the lodge, where I am currently sitting in front of the fire. On the way up, I passed by another doe that was attempting to eat an apple. She was pushing it across the ground with her nose…so fun! It’s only three in the afternoon. I might go for a drive to a few overlooks, as I’m not sure what to do with myself with all this free time.
It is supposed to get into the twenties tonight with a high of low thirties tomorrow. If I’m not too frozen, I’m planning a few more hikes before I stay with my cousin Katherine for the evening and then explore Maryland for a few more days. Signing off.