May 26, 2019The Hunchback of Hercules

Gary Allman wearing a lime green rain poncho at Hercules Glades Wilderness.
Caught in a Thunderstorm – A sudden thunderstorm meant I got a chance to try out my rain poncho. It worked fine, but it was hot and humid in there! Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Despite my best intentions, I’ve been too busy to get out on the trails since my last trip in March. This weekend I decided to fix that with three days hiking at Hercules Glades. My plan was to catch a sunset from the bluffs and do some exploring down Long Creek.

About an hour into my hike west along the Pilots (Tower) Trail to the bluffs I was caught by a thunderstorm. Finally, a real chance to try out my rain poncho! It worked fine, but with the temperatures up in the mid-eighties it was hot and humid with it on. I put my main camera in my pack when it started to rain, so the picture above was taken with my phone. I must learn to look at the lens and not the screen when taking pictures with my phone.

The picture below was taken half-an-hour earlier when I arrived at the cairn marking the first trail junction.

Cairn marking the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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