Day Trip to Bakers Mountain

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  1. IzaWildman

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    We had a brief break in the weather at the beginning of the week so the dogs and I went to explore a new area, Bakers Mountain. I was pleasantly surprised, it is a beautiful place.

    It had been awhile since we had a chance to get out, Buddy and Sophie were eager to discover what lay ahead and go charging up the trail.
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    Sophie playing Queen of the hill, enjoining Buddy and me to "hurry up"!
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    Gaining elevation, almost to the top
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    The dogs refreshing themselves in one of the seep streams on the way up.
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    A view of the Blue Ridge, across the valley.
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    This is one of the remains of two old cabins along the ridge.
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    The second and larger of the two. This cabin had three chimneys, two for heating and one in the kitchen. Buddy, exploring the foundation, the front stoop in the foreground and the root cellar in the back.
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    A collapsed chimney on the other end of the house.
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    Continued...
     
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    After exploring the ruins, we continued down the trail to find this big burle. I can't help but wonder what that grain looks like.
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    Rhododendrons where abundant and had set their buds for spring.
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    Here is some Mountain Laurel and American Holly.
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    One of the largest streams flowing off the mountain.
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    Sophie never misses an opportunity to get wet and dirty. It is a pretty little spot.
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    You couldn't walk 15 yards without stumbling over fatwood, it's everywhere on the mountain
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    Leathery Galax leaves.
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    And some Heart Leaf Ginger
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    We had a great time spending the day in this beautiful area and will return again soon. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Great pictures and a good trip young fellar. joe
     
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    Thanks Joe, we really enjoyed it. It was nice for a change to get out of the flatlands and up into the mountains.
     
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    Great view across the valley! Glad to see you and the dogs getting out to explore the new area!
     
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    Looks like spring in your neck of the woods......today.
     
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    Last night and today, we had snow, sleet and freezing rain. It's been one of the wettest falls and winter on record so far. The four or five days of dry sunny weather we had at the beginning of the week were a welcome relief.
     
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    Dogs make such great hiking partners,never have an excuse why they can’t go.....
     
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    Yep, we had record rainfall in 2018 here. Crazy.
     
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    Wow, very nice!
     
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    Looks like a nice area @IzaWildman. Thanks for the report.
     
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    When I saw a trip report from you my first thought was " muddy dogs" :)

    It's exciting to be exploring new turf, especially such a beautiful place. :)
     
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    I am happy to find a place that's not all mud!
     
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    What a beautiful spot. Looks like the dogs had a great time too. That chimney is very cool. There's one on a trail not far from here but it's not on a map and I can't remember how to find it for the life of me. I think I have a new challenge. Thanks! :)
     
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    Make it a mission! And take pics. :)
     
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    Nice trek! But then, to me, any hike is a good hike. :)
     
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    The other site had a plaque giving some information about the cabin and it's owners, built in the early 1920's but nothing on this one. It would have been interesting to live up there, no power or running water. There was a small seep stream not far from the old chimney, no evidence visible of a foundation but based upon the size of the chimney, I'd guess the cabin was pretty small.

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