Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Companion Walk - Peters Creek Preserve

Today, I commemorated the new year by taking my Redbone Coonhound named Juneau for a hike.  We live close to a nature preserve called Peters Creek Preserve.  Apparently Peters Creek Preserve is the home of one of the largest communities of the federally endangered dwarf-flowered heartleaf on the planet...so I guess I had best avoid stepping on any of those!  In honesty I had been around the trail a few years ago, but I had never really taken the time to hike it.  So, I put on my gear (raining today), and gathered Juneau and headed out.



On the move
At Peter's Creek
It was a nice hike, a few spots that required some effort, but overall it was pretty comfortable.  I was hoping to see some deer, or at least some more wildlife than a few squirrels and birds, but with the rain, the deer were probably bedded down...or possibly we were making entirely too much noise!  After walking the trail next to Peter's Creek, we headed towards Mineral Springs Creek, but didn't stay long and kept moving due to the rain.  We'll head back there on a nicer day to get some pictures of the creek.

Peter's Creek
Juneau it the middle of
Peter's Creek
The preserve consists of 156 acres, with miles of clearly marked walking trails, and as much as I wanted to check out all the different lengths towards the end of the hike we were getting rained out and so we got out at about the right time as it really started to come down by the time we got to the truck.  I had an awesome time with Juneau, he's a great companion during the hike, and I downloaded a sweet app for my android phone so I was able to see that when I finished, I had completed a 6 mile hike, minimum elevation of 548 ft, max elevation of 686 ft with an average speed of 4.2 miles per hour.  Mixed in here, and in the rest of this post you will see some of the pictures I took of our trek.



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