March 23, 2004
|HIKERS - John Bellamy, Wendell Gatlin, Dave Haslett, Jack Jacobi, Steve Jordan, Dan Knight, Leigh Ann Miller, Wayne Miller, John Mooneyham, Bob Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Gerald Shedd, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker.|
TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today was on the Appalachian Trail starting at the Byron Herbert Reese Park near Neels Gap, GA. We hiked the Reese connector trail up to the A.T. intersection and hiked around Blood Mtn. on the Freeman Trail to Bird Gap. Then from Bird Gap on the A.T. up to the summit of Blood Mtn. (the highest elevation on the Georgia portion of the A.T.)
Directions: Our hike today began at the Byron Herbert Reese parking lot about a half mile past the Walasi-Yi store on Hwy 129 / 19 North of Cleveland, GA.
Fauna identified: Vireo, Pileated Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Dark-eyed Junco.
Another beautiful hiking day! Fair skies with temps. ranging from the upper 20's to the low 50's F. Total hike approx. 8 miles.
The sign at the intersection of the A.T., Reese Trail, and Freeman Trail.
A view from the start of the Freeman Trail.
We had a nice large group of 16 hikers today!
View 1 from Blood Mountain!
The Blood Mountain Shelter!
The OFHC gang for today! (l-r kneeling) David Whitaker, Bob Presley, Gerald Shedd, Wayne Miller, Tony Presley. (standing l-r) Dave Haslett, Bob Thompson, Doug Russell, John Bellamy, Leith Ann Miller, John Mooneyham, Dan Ross, Steve Jordan, Wendell Gatlin, Dan Knight, and Jack Jacobi.