It took me an hour to get to the ridge that drops down to Little Paddy Creek. I was so busy trying to make up for lost time, that I didn’t realize I’d arrived at the ridge until the appearance of a fire ring prompted me to take better notice of my surroundings. It was just as spectacular this time as it was on my first visit. I might have been in a hurry, but I stopped to take some pictures anyway.
I was hurrying because I hadn’t checked how far I was going to be hiking to reach my campsite and because I wasn’t sure exactly what time sunset was. Inadequate preparation, pure and simple. I didn’t fancy hiking an unknown trail in the dark so I was making as much haste as I could, so I could get through the short cut between the South Loop and the North Loop before sunset.
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