Monday, March 29, 2010
Keown Falls was beautiful in a rough sort of way with the huge rocks boulders beneath and behind where the water fell. From there we followed the path to the wooden stairs that took us to the top to the beautiful scenic view of Taylor's Ridge and beyond to Fort Mountain. Then we started around the mountain, gaining elevation until we reached the top where we hiked the rim. Generally, the trees, bared by winter, obstructed the views, but we got tantalizing peeks. But, after reaching a lookout deck, we were treated to a spectacular view of the valley spread out below with Lookout and Sand Mountains rising at a distance.
We then hiked down a gradual decline until we intersected at the lookout above the Falls and from there down an easy trail to the parking lot where we had lunch. Tony gained forgiveness for his distance/elevation 'errors' by providing dessert to the hikers with Angel Food Cake, Strawberries, and Whipped Cream! The Trail Chronicler will follow him anywhere after that!
After lunch, we drove a short distance down the road to hike a couple miles (I think really more, Tony!) in to the site where a Navy Training Jet crashed in 2006. There we paid our respect by having a moment of silence and folding a flag that Tony will be presenting. It was a hallowed place, sanctified by sacrifice, and made even more spiritual by the beauty of the isolated wooded area.
Thanks Tony and Carol for a great hike with some wonderful folks.