Alum creek meander......17

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    Posted by Roadie ( on July 19, 2005 at 14:03:58:

    In Reply to: Into the woods......16 posted by Roadie on July 19, 2005 at 14:01:49:

    Realizing it was time to head out, we reluctantly left this great spot to make a beeline towards Crater Hills. Just east of Glen Africa we found ourselves in some really steep terrain, going up and down….and up and down repeatedly. To locate the fastest route from Crater Hills to GA might not be this way, but since we have already tried the trail route, and the road route, this was the way to try! The scenery was still amazing. Occasionally we would surprise bison who were quite irritated that we had popped up into their world.

    Large herds of bull elk with huge racks would spot us and bolt. Recall the autumn rut when bull elk are charging cars, visitors, or each other? It seems crazy that these strong majestic creatures would run at the sight of us tiny humans. It was a great sight to see groups of 10+ elk with full racks loping away together.

    A curious sight cross country along the way back was near one of the “lakes” or potholes. Large downed skeleton trees dead for many years littered the ground near a pothole, and we wondered what climatic conditions had helped them grow to such a large size, then fail, and have no replacements sprout or root in their place.

    The whole valley is full of mysteries. Those famous “wooded islands” are full of intrigue. If I didn’t believe there were griz snoozing in them on such a hot day, I would have lobbied Ballpark to go through them instead of around them! Maybe another trip when we have 4 or 5 or 20 hikers along with us...

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