I hiked Friday evening, worked on trail maintenance on Saturday on Raccoon Mountain, which was very hard work, then I fixed my mailbox, which had been run over the night before, so I was completely wrung out on Sunday. After wasting half the day sleeping and watching the Tour de France, I knew I had to get motivated to get out of the house and stretch some kinks out of my muscles. I decided to go searching for Dug Gap, another low mountain pass nearby with some historical significance to the U.S Civil War, similar to nearby Snake Creek Gap that I blogged about in a previous post. There is a poorly maintained park there that is owned by a historical society that appears to be an evening location for young people to drink beer and make out. It was a little underwhelming although it does provide the opportunity to hike around and enjoy a few views of the Ridge and Valley Region. Afterwards I headed over to hike a couple of miles on the Pinhoti Trail, which actually descends into Dalton, Georgia on the Dug Gap Road. It was a good local option to get me out of the house but wasn't good enough to warrant driving a long way unless you are a serious Civil War buff or something.
|Marker of the site of the battle along Dug Gap Road. You can get run over trying to take this picture.|
|A small butterfly on a rocky promontory above Dug Gap.|
|Nice clouds over Ridge and Valley terrain.|
|My favorite photo of the day. This is taken along the western slopes of Rocky Face Mountain.|