Charles C. Deam Wilderness Travel Blog› entry 1 of 4 › view all entries
I left Louisville around 3pm in hopes that I would get released from reserve at 4pm up the road. This did not happen, so I spent a few hours in my car and at the local BK Lounge in Scottsburg, IN. I finally decided to risk it and head up the road so I could get to the wilderness with light remaining. I arrived around 730 and was on the trail by 8. I had never hiked around here before, so everything ahead of me was a new adventure!
The area was really pretty with lots of green and a lot of trees. The terrain was hilly with gently slopes for the most part. I was hiking towards Lake Monroe, so there were definitely visible runoff trails for water. As I had set out about an hour before sunset, it was a very peacful time of day. The begining of the hike was over some paths that had been redirected I guess because of washout or something.
After a good little bit, I came upon the first junction of the trail. I had to decide what I wanted to do. My options were to stay put and find the campsite at the junction or head towards the lake and try to find a campsite. As I was making really good time, and it was only another 2.6 miles to the lake, I decided to head towards the lake and look, and head back to the junction if it failed. I ended up not seeing a campsite as it was fairly dark by this point in the forest. I did come out on Lake Monroe right as the sun was setting. Sunsets are always magical no matter what, but being some place special really magnifies them! After I dried my eyes from the beauty, I headed back up the trail towards the junction.
I had to pull my headlamp out and after another five minute hike down the trail, I found my new home for the night. I got camp set up naturally even though it had been a while since I had camped. After all of it that I have done, it is second nature thankfully! I proceeded to cook my feast of spaghetti on my stove, when I got a dreaded surprise! I found a tick crawling up my pant leg! YUCKK!!!!!! I hate these vile creatures! They make you feel so gross and nasty, and I can't for the life of me figure out what good they do! Anyway, I hoped it was just an occurance and tucked my pant legs into my socks, but to my dread, I had a few more crawl on me by the time I was done with dinner.