Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bicentennial Greenway-High Point Section

The Bicentennial Greenway is advertised as being fourteen miles long, but the Greensboro section of the greenway is not continuous and have gaps of nonexistence or undeveloped portions. The High Point section is 6.6 miles of uninterrupted greenway that takes you through hardwood and pine forest, lakeside habitats, and follows along a scenic East Fork Deep River.

You cross the bridge over High Point Lake and between the property of the John McClain American Legian Post 196, and High Point Lake is the official beginning of the Bicentennial Greenway. There is no parking here but another quarter of a mile further down Penny Road at the Piedmont Environmental Center you will find a 32 car parking area.

Every quarter of a mile is marked with a yellow painted mileage post. 

At the Environmental Center, there are 11 miles of nature trails, plus educational activities and classes. The Center's address is: 1220 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27265

This covered bench has come in handy a few time when I have gotten caught in a storm. There are a couple more of these along the greenway.

Just past the half mile post, there are the only stairs that you will encounter on the greenway. If you notice the narrow strip of a board that is to aid bikers pushing their bikes up the steps.

A Geocaching container that Aaron and I found 30 yards off the path. Geocaching is an outdoor activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers called "geocaches" or "caches," at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

For the first mile, you continuously have a view of the lake and the various lakeside habitats. I have seen turtles, cranes, herons, geese, ducks, beaver, and deer.

Seeing deer close up is nothing unusual. This picture of a buck was not taken on this particular walk but on August 8, 2016.

I have just crossed the East Fork Road headed into the North Preserve. The greenway goes away from the lake through the hardwood and pine forest, while the Deep River Trail follows along the shore.

Passing by an old pine plantation.

It was 91 degrees this day, but I brought plenty of water for both myself and Gypsy. We took breaks along the way. At the shady spot, the grass was still moist, and Gypsy was enjoying its comfort.

A bike station at Gibson Park.

Gibson Park is just past the 3.5-milepost.  It has flush toilets, picnic shelters, Pop (soda) machine, and other things you usually find at a park. This is a historic log cabin.

The tunnel going under the very busy West Wendover Ave.

The East Fork Deep River.

A long boardwalk just before crossing the Piedmont Parkway at about the 5-milepost.

Crossing over the Piedmont Parkway. Some pretty rock work through the median strip.

One of several picnic tables you will find along the greenway.

The end of the Bicentennial Greenway (High Point Section) at the intersection of Gallimore Dairy Road and South Chimney Rock Road. The greenway continues again about 3.7 miles away at the dead end of Swing Road near West Guilford High School.

After a pleasant but hot North Carolina Summer stroll down the Bicentennial Greenway, we are relaxing back at the Piedmont Environmental Center's porch. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

High Point Greenway

Here is what the beginning of the High Point Greenway looks like at Armstrong Park. There is a spacious parking area, dog station, and map.

This picture shows an aerial map and view of the entire greenway. It follows the Boulding Branch Creek and weaves its way through nice neighborhoods. About at 3/4 of a mile, it goes through the High Point Univerity Campus.

High Point Greenway, like most greenways, has a broad asphalt path.

I got to see a game being played that I had heard about, and that is sweeping the nation.  Many former tennis players are now playing pickleball and old deteriorating, hardly ever used tennis courts are being refurbished into Pickleball courts. 

Three-quarters of a mile you come to the campus of High Point Univerity.

HPU baseball diamond.

This is a pic of the tunnel that goes under  N.Cennenial St., and the second tunnel goes under U.S. 311/I-74.

Interesting nest on the wall of the tunnel. I saw something that looked like a dark-colored wasp enter into the tube nest.

They get really fancy with the greenway crosswalks.

The largest bridge over the Boulding Branch.

A boardwalk that's placed over a ditch along the Deep River Road.

The Boulding Branch.

The end of the greenway at 1800 Deep River Road, 3.25-miles from Armstrong Park (for now). The city is in the process of connecting the High Point Greenway, at this point to the  Bicentennial Greenway On Penny Road ( a 1.3-mile construction project). From Penny Road, the Bicentennial Greenway goes to Gallimore Dairy Road (6.73-miles). 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mount Rushmore

  Mt. Rushmore!

I can scratch Mt. Rushmore off my bucket list. $10 wasn't to bad a price to pay. Our two ice creams cones cost me more. 

We are along Washington's side profile of Mt. Rushmore.

Finally made it to the backside of Mt. Rushmore. 

There are three tunnels along Iron Mountian Road just Southeast of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The three tunnels are called Scovel Johnson Tunnel, Doane Robinson Tunnel, and C.C. Gideon Tunnel. I'm not sure which one this tunnel is.

A distant view somewhere along Route 244.

Aaron skipping some rocks at Stockade Lake. 

The Broken Arrow Horse Camp and RV Park near Custer, South Dakota is where we ended up camping. Not surprisingly most the campers here were horse riders, and we saw plenty of people wearing cowboy hats, boots, and had big belt buckles.

Behind our tent is one of many horse stalls. Most all the trails at the Custer State Park were open to horseback riding. A small world we live in because the owner did some ATV riding in Luzerne, Michigan area and was a patron of Ma Deeters.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Black Hills Forest/Black Elk Wilderness- Iron Creek & Iron Mountain Trails

The Black Elk Wilderness is part of the Black Hills Forest.

Iron River Trail weaved over the Iron Creek numerous times. 

Because a receiving more than an inch of rain the night before the creek was a raging torrent.

The second wooden-plank bridge.

The third bridge was out and so ended our hike of only one mile down the Iron Creek Trail. We thought about taking our shoes and socks off and try crossing, but I remembered my promise to bring Aaron home safe and thought better of that plan, so we went back as we came.

 On our car ride to the Iron Mountian Trail, we were able to see Mt Rushmore in the distance. 

 A Military Ready to Eat (MRE) lunch at a picnic area next to Lakota Lake.

Lakota Lake.

We actually started our Iron Mountain Trail hike from a Trailhead off of Route 244 within the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We followed the Centennial Trail for a half mile then Iron Mountian forked off to the left, and the Centennial Trail continued straight.

Lots of things to consider especially if you're backpacking but for us the primary concern is having enough water and staying on the marked trail. This is the actual Trailhead of the Iron Mountian trail off of Forest Road 345.

Lots of rain made for muddy trails. Here we can't even walk on the trail due to standing water within the path.

We were delighted to discover ripe wild raspberries.

A picture doesn't really show you what I meant by a "raging torrent." This video does.