Out in the Dawson Forest ... again!
Spring may not have sprung ... yet! ... but we are out and climbing anyway!
Having gotten home from the tropical weather of the rainforest in Panama only ten days ago I have been keeping indoors and out of the cold. And ... compared to Panama, it has been COLD!
Will Cottrell showed up on my doorstep early yesterday (Saturday) morning and we loaded up the gear and headed out to climb something with no clear idea of where we were going. It is only a short ride from here at the farm to the Dawson Forest, so that is where we headed. Normally, once hunting season is in decline, the ranger dudes will close and lock all the gates down the various dirt roads that lead into the interior of the forest. As we headed into the area we finally found one road with an open gate! Awesome!
We headed down the road to an area where we have climbed before, but not recently. It had been at least a year since the last time we had come into this area. Reaching the end of the road ... at a closed gate, we parked and headed into the forest toward a really nice red oak a short distance into the forest.
At this time of the morning the temperature had heated up and we were shedding the warmer clothing, ready to climb in our tee shirts. Will, however, refused to shed his rabbit skin winter hat. (I think he has a "fur fetish"!)
Getting a line up quickly followed and Will was on the way up, agreeing to set a rope for me once he reached a good limb. Within a few minutes we were both high up and enjoying the view and the warmer weather that the day was offering. It was overcast overhead but the temperature was very nice and the rain was holding off. We had the tree and the forest all to ourselves and we took advantage of things to spend an hour or so high among the branches.
We finally headed down, wanting to do a little more exploring while we were here. We did our exploring but found nothing new or exciting so we headed to get ourselves some bar-b-cue instead. As usual I ate way too much and all I wanted at that
time was to get to the house and take a nap.
All in all a very good day spent in the treetops!