|Hike Name:||The Perch|
|Trip Date:||November 5, 2006|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 51-60, Low: 21-30 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||Saturday (11/05/06) – The weather was perfect for hiking today with fall colors at peak in Atlanta and in the valley's of North Georgia. Black Crowe was at the house by 10am this morning, and we loaded the dog into his truck and headed to his coveted spot code named "The Perch" which is located a short distance from Cleveland, GA. After a lunch stop at Burger King and a nearby grocery store, we reached the trailhead by 1pm. It was packed with cars and we saw numerous hikers and backpackers on the trail today. Black Crowe gunned ahead for the 800' climb to "The Perch" to secure the spot and we enjoyed the views over a "Big Blue" (aka Labatt's Oil Can) then set up camp and gathered some firewood. With the recent time change, sunset came early - just after 6pm - and we were treated to a great view as the sun dropped below the mountains to the west. The temperatures dropped quickly at dusk, and our small campfire was a major plus. We cooked some dinner, then hung around the campfire until about 10pm when we turned in. It's a full moon on Sunday, so it was really bright tonight with the clear skies. Latenight, listened to some ACC football on the radio (GT/NC State and WFU/Boston College).
Sunday (11/06/06) – Black Crowe was up around sunset this morning and milling around the campsite until I finally rolled out of the sleeping bag around 8am. It was cool this morning with temps hovering around the low 30's/upper 20's before sunrise. My hiking companion offered up a cold orange juice as I climbed from the tent, which was a huge score. It's been a long time since OJ has been offered up on the trail.
Black Crowe and I were both low on water, so we had some snacks and decided to skip breakfast and head to the Huddle House in Cleveland, GA. It took us about 30 minutes to hike back to the truck, and some day hikers tipped us off on three wild boars that were grazing on the hillside next to the parking area. Fortunately, the dog was on a leash when we saw the wild hogs and I was able to get some photos since they weren't very skiddish. By noon, Black Crowe and I were enjoying a hot breakfast in Cleveland and we eventually made it back to the house by 12:30pm this morning - quite possibly a new record for an overnight backpacking trip.