I’m back on the main North Fork Loop trail. It took me an hour and a half to hike to where the North Fork Loop trail crosses the creek from the north (left of frame) heading south. This was my second preferred spot to camp. Well, actually, the spot I’d seen on the satellite images was several hundred yards to the northwest (behind me) near the North Fork River.
I tried bushwhacking to my destination, but the area was so overgrown I gave up on that idea. I had my first encounter with American stinging nettles while bushwhacking here. Ginger has previously told me that American nettles were much more painful than UK nettles. From my own experience, they’re the same. They are both ouchy! Though these nettles didn’t bring up the huge white welts that UK ones have. But maybe that was because I washed my legs down in the creek as soon as I got out of the undergrowth.
Now for plan ‘C’ for today’s camp. Follow the trail south, up onto the ridge and find a nice stand of pines well off of the trail and stop there for the night.
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