Dec 11, 2020Beecher Spring and site of the abandoned Edward Beecher Recreation Area

Beecher Spring and site of the abandoned Edward Beecher Recreation Area

Beecher Spring and former site of the Edward Beecher Recreation Area. Berryman Trail – Day Three, December 2020. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I wasn’t expecting to arrive here quite as quickly as I did, and I was caught off guard. It started to rain and I dumped my pack to put my waterproofs on. It was only when I looked around that I realized I’d arrived at my destination for the day. There was a lot of rain, and gusty wind from the south (left of frame) in the forecast so I planned to find somewhere up on the ridge to the left to give me some shelter.

I followed the trail around the corner looking for a less steep route up the ridge, and then spent half an hour or more in the pouring rain looking for a suitable place to camp. I ended up about 150ft above the spring (up the hill left of frame in the above picture). The ridge gave me good shelter from a very gusty wind that made a lot of noise. And it rained hard for six or more hours straight. I was glad that I’d recently practiced setting up camp in wet weather.

Despite the wind and rain, I was nice and cozy, though I did have to deploy my rain skirt around one end of the hammock to stop the rain from driving in.

Beecher Spring

Is not a spring, but an artesian well, the water comes out of a small spigot for human consumption, and via a pipe into a trough, presumably for horses, livestock, and other animals.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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