Although we really had enough time to make it five miles to the first primitive campsite had we not begun at the alternate campsite, we had only made it to mile marker three of the real trail by the time it was too dark for us to continue following the trail.
We saw this beautiful sunset only one mile into the real trail.
We took a break at the swinging bridge and got a group picture.
I love those reflections!
After getting to the third mile marker (however we'd actually traveled about 5 miles), we decided to set up our tents just off the trail and not risk getting lost off the trail or bitten by snakes. Little did we even know how many snakes were out there that we probably just couldn't see while we trekked through the dark.
This was my view waking up the next morning!
Our makeshift camp area wasn't so bad despite the fact that we were practically rolling down a hill in our sleep. Waking up here was quite peaceful in the morning.
Then we met our first of five (or maybe more) water moccasin friends of the day! This guy (and his other buddy) were just chilling in the creek right outside our camp site.
Seeing two poisonous snakes chilling out together right outside my campsite isn't really the ideal way to start my day, but I guess that happens sometimes in nature.
I don't mind, however, randomly seeing someone I haven't seen in years randomly on the same trail! It was great to run into Heather who was the adult chaperon for a group of teenagers I led on a summer trip about five years ago!
Once we made it back to the swinging rope bridge, we knew our trip was close to being over!
On our next break we took one last timed group photo!