I have done this trail so many times I never consider the water up, you can just normally walk across Big Sugar Creek, but today it was running at least calf high so I need to find a way across.. twice. This first time was a hairy climb along and over a fallen tree. (below)
The second time, I was not the only one looking for a way across. This racoon was just ahead of me going to use the same tree (below) to get across.
The view from the top of Big Sugar Creek valley and it warmed to 54 degrees by the time I was done with 7 miles - 2hr 27 min
The Missouri Flag highlights Mt.Rushmore (above) and we take advantage of the "photo op"
Our friends the moutain goats were out everywhere in the sunshine
They do like volunteers, I just collected rock and tried to stay out of the way
The Morning starting out bright and clear
A 180 degree view from the top of Hemphill Bald. A great vantage point.
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