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Old Nov 1, 2009, 5:41 PM   #1
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Default Very Wet Hike at Porter's Creek

Had a wonderful opportunity yesterday to try a very wet hike - up Porter's Creek Trail in the Smokies, and on beyond the trail up the creek. Our goal was to hike an old manway all the way to Charlie's Bunion, but heavy rain and rising creek waters turned us back. Also, could not take a lot of photos, since neither my K-m nor any of its lenses are water-resistant. But here are a few shots of this lush, and very wet, landscape.

First a rather typical view of the earlier part of the trail - rich and green and well-nourished by the nearby creek.
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This was once the most heavily-settled portion of the park, and there are many reminders of the old homes and farms.
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Porter's Creek is not longer human habitation, but is wonderful wildlife habitat!
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Not quite 2 miles up the trail is Fern Branch Falls. Usually just a trickle, but running quite well in the downpours yesterday!
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Past the end of the official trail the rains got heavier, and the creek kept rising. Here are just a few views of what we enjoyed, before I had to put the camera away.
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Hope to return on a drier day, and enjoy the rest of the hike on up the mountain. Hope you enjoyed this wet walk in the woods! Glad for any comments/criticisms!
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I like the last one best - the rushing stream with it overarching trees. Framing it a bit closer to the lichen covered rock at the bottom, however, would have shown a little more of the trees arching over the water.

Which salamander is that?
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Well Mole, I'm glad it was you and not me, hiking in the rain.
Not my favorite pass time but, I love the photos!
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Old Nov 1, 2009, 6:44 PM   #9
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Thanks again, Mole, for including us on your rainy day hike-

That is a wonderful series. But, it appears that you do better in the rain than I.

Good Going!

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A neat series, I especially like the last two. With all this rain you've had - when are you going to buy a K20 or K7? You've got to be the person around here who really, really needs weather sealing.
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