Posted by: EcoNaturalist | April 10, 2011

Resting In A Thicket

If you could see the weather today then you would recognize that this hike we took did not occur today.  Raining cats and dogs as the saying goes around the area today.  So this hike is from last Saturday.  We left shortly before noon and arrived about an hour later at Bakers Mountain.  Bakers Mountain Park is a part of  The North Carolina Birding Trail. Follow this link for info on the birds that are typical to the area.   http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/ncbirdingsite2/index.php?action=siteView&site=205

There are several trails that go up and over the mountain and a few that go around the mountain.  As with most any hike, some are harder trails than others.  We took the Blue Trail that began at the bottom of the picnic area.  It drops down, pictured below,  into a  mixed hardwood forest area, where we heard several different birds but could not obtain a visual on them.  I heard a Woodpecker and Song Sparrow.  Neither of which is a Life Bird but I was able to add them to my County List.  

The trail then climbs several hundred feet, which to me felt more like several thousand feet, to a ridge area that some nice person placed a wood bench.  I heard several other birds, the only one I could ID was a Chickadee.  After my family rested…ok I sat for a minute or five, it climbs another two hundred or so feet to an old homestead.  The only remnants left is a chimney that is pretty much gone itself.  You can make out the outline of the foundation becuase the park has placed rocks around what used to be the foundation.  It is amazing to think of what life must have been like back when a family (The Bakers possibly)  lived here.  I’m not in the worst shape, not too far from it either, but I can’t imagine walking or riding horses up and around Bakers Mountain.

From the top we again dropped down to a small creek that lies in a compact valley between to mountain ridges.  A beautiful spot to sit, listen to the water and bird.

Our choice now was to back track a ways to small creek that runs through a laurel thicket. A very peaceful place to spend a nice amount of time watching some Sparrows flit around the leaves and water.
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