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Big South Fork


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I spent an extended weekend backpacking at Big South Fork National Recreation Area.

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It is one of the country’s best kept secrets, the park offers pristine hiking trails in a gorge-ous area where the New River and Cumberland rivers meet.

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Over the years, the water has cut beautiful cliffs, caves and hills, allowing great views and shelter for weary hikers. The shelter was particularly appreciated, as we waited out a few thunderstorms while sleeping in a dry cave.

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Unfortunately, I did not get much photography or painting done. It rained off and on the entire trip, and I spent most of the ‘dry’ time swimming in the river, enjoying breathtaking views of nature.

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As you might suspect…where there is water, there are also bugs. I try not to use DEET, so now that I am home, I am suffering the consequences. I am covered head to toe with insect bites, since I wouldn’t put chemicals on my body, I am taking medicine to keep from scratching off my skin.

Was it worth it? Certainly! I had a great time…thanks Ron and Bruce for inviting me on the hike!

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