I woke early after a bad night sleep surprisingly rested. I still felt nasty after all of the ticks from the night before, but what can you do. I boiled some water for some oatmeal and packed up camp. I was out fairly early because I new I had about 10 miles to hike for the day. The trail was very scenic in the forest sense of not being able to see very far. This whole area used to be populated, but had been taken over and let go back to the wilderness which was awesome. I wish more places did this! It was great to think who might have lived where you were walking.
After about an hour or so, I came up on another split of the trail and decided to take teh variant that was on the map. It looked like a better route, plus shaved a little off the distance.
These water hole were all over the place. I had read online that one guy had been hiking this area for years just going to these little holes that he woudl find on the map instead of using trails.
Mainly the more up and down part was my reason! I was here to hike! It was definitely more up and down than what the trail had been so far. I went through three different river valleys before I got back on relatively flat land. Once on that flat land, it was pretty plain until I got to the Blackwell Campground. This was a fairly large campground that was mainly used for people with horses. This area was big for horse owners to come out and ride. I had seen a few riders just before here that I assumed had come from here. I stopped for a bathroom break and lunch stop at the far end of the campground. I just ate a snack as I was not super hungry, and I was not enthused enough to pull out the stove to cook. Guess who came along to visit? More ticks! While I was sittin on the plain grass, not really close to trees, I got a visitor! WTF! Anyway, I hiked the last few miles back to the car running in to a few more horses and muddyness. From here I decided to go down the road a little bit (mainly because driving down dirt roads is really fun!) to a lookout tower to veiw what I had just hiked through! It was beautiful! Green trees everywhere! The climb up the deserted tower was definitely not one of my finer points, but I made it and the view was worth it!