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   Friday was originally destined to be a "get caught up on laundry and indoor chores" day,
as I have been enjoying working and playing outside a bit too much lately. 
But the surprise visit from my brother Joey Thursday changed all that. 
He and I headed out early Friday morning to hike the Little East Fork Trail
in the Shining Rock Wilderness area.

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With a brisk start to the day at 18°, I began with 4 layers to keep me warm. 
We had an incredible adventure; just taking our time and exploring.

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 Came across some very cool icicle formations that have been made in these colder days.

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check out how these branches appear to be trapped in ice

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It was fun to try to make our way down the somewhat steep slopes to the river,
especially with my pack on, but that what makes these adventures fun. 

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A bit of adversity, no matter how small, always for a more interesting journey.

Down here is where Joey spotted some rather large icicles

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Two of the times we hiked down to the river, Joey and I created a cairn:

noun[C]     /keən/  /kern/
a smallpile of stones made, especially on mountains,
to
mark a place or as a memorial
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They can be a familiar site along various trails across the country,
 as it is a common activity of hikers.
 One of our cairns had 17 layers!!
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the tippy top of the 17 layers: 
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As the day progressed, the bright sunshine warmed the air,
and the deep blue sky was amazingly clear! The layers were peeled as needed .....
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We spent 6 peaceful hours just a wandering and soaking up
a wonderful day of sibling~ness!!!  
We did not come across another soul during our Adventure,
which always is a nice feeling to think you are the only ones out in the wild.
 
The waters were so clear .....
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some more cool ice formations, these being very small:
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I call them Ice Threads, as they are that small
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Moving on.....
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one last trek down to the river for some rock tossing!
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We were amazed by this vine that wrapped itself around this tree!!
wonder how many years had gone by before it was done twisting its way ...
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When it was decided to eventually turn around and head back,
my hiking pace began to slow down and the closer we were to returning back to reality
the even slower my pace became,
as it was proof I didn't want this time I was sharing with my brother to end.
 I think we ended up only hiking about 5-6 miles,
as this was an exploration trek, not a distance venture.
 
 
Peace ~ Love ~ M*O*F*R*O
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