Fall Vacation 2017

This trip was a combined vacation / ASEE SE Executive meeting and took place from Oct 4 -> Oct 8, 2017.

Oct 4 - Drove from Memphis to Lincoln, AL (Comfort Inn 850/A Speedway Industrial Dr Lincoln, Al 35096).

Oct 5 - Drove from Lincoln, AL to Atlanta, GA for ASEE-SE Meeting. Had some time to kill before the meeting so I walked to the REI (1165 Perimeter Center). As usual I did not leave empty handed. Ended buying a few things including a new "Hiker Power Lock" hiking stick. My old yuppie stick is old, cannot be replaced (no longer being made) and it is just too heavy vers newer hiking sticks (like the one I purchased. Will try it out at Fall Creek Falls in a few days.

Oct 6 - Drove from Atlanta, to Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Got in fairly early so I decided to do a hike. Parked at the Turkey Penn Ridge Trailhead, then hiked over to the Fall Creek Falls Overlook, down to the bottom of the Falls, Then did the Woodland Trail Loop, then back to the car.



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Got back to the room and took a shower and then napped a bit before dinner then had a quite night in the room and planing the hike for the next day.

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Oct 7 - After the breakfast buffet, I drove to the Chinquapin Ridge Trail Parking area and hiked to Backcountry Camp #3 then on to the Cane Creek swinging bridge. The bridge was doable, although made me a bit nervous I was able to cross it both ways. Hiked back towards the car, but decided to hike a bit further so I hiked over the road crossing (Cane Creek) then, unbeknownst to me, I took the lower bridge walkway that led to a trail to Group Lodge 1 and not the Upper loop trail that I expected. Found out latter that I would have had to cross the bridge on the walkway next to the road surface, not the lower walkway I did take, to get to the Upper Loop Trail.



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Got back and took a shower, had a snack and then took a long nap. Woke up stiff so I decided to take a walk around the lake before dinner

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Had dinner, then back to the room for the night. Clouds moved in, so no moon shots like the previous night.

Oct 8 - Woke up to rain (the start of the rain from what remains of Huricane Nate) so I just ate breakfast, packed up the car and drove home.

PS New hiking stick did very well (as well as my new pair of hiking boots).....