|Hike Name:||Chattooga River Trail - Ellicott Rock|
|Trip Date:||November 6, 2005|
|Trip Weather:||Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy|
|Trip Precipitation:||Rain, Showers|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 51-60, Low: 71-80 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||We had rain at sunrise today, and another blast of scattered showers as we packed up around 11am. A dog wandered in to the camp this morning, and I recognized it as the same hunting dog that was here late last night. It was skinny with bones showing and looked as if it had wandered the trails for a few days. So we fed the dog some of Rebel’s left over dry food until a family hiked by and took him back to Burrell’s Ford. Wild Turkey copied the owners name and number from the collar and planned to call when she got cell reception. We also ran into two trout fisherman that had his digits, so the hunting dog must have been working the campsites for handouts last night.
It was warm and the sun was shining when we finally hit the trail. The Camel and I were in the back of the pack and didn't catch the rest of the group until we reached Spoonauger Falls. When we arrived there were packs scattered along the trail, so we hiked 200 yards and found the rest of the group at the falls. After a brief break, we hiked back to the parking area and sampled some beers that were left over in The Camel’s cooler. While enjoying a tasty frosty pop, we discovered a note from The Helmet who camped nearby with Doughgirl last night after running out of daylight. We also found the huntin’ dog here who was now sacked out in the warm sun by the pit toilet – not the best place for a rest in my opinion.
By 1:30pm, we were ready to hit the road and had a late lunch at the Subway in Walhalla. The Weasel and I made it back to the ATL in three hours and stopped in Norcross to pick up his kids and my truck. We had great weather for the hike this weekend and the leaves are at (or very close to) peak color right now.