Another hike down for the Amerson family. Although, this hike was more like a walk than a hike. It was an adventure nonetheless, and we're always down for that!
There are times when I feel like we do a lot of the same hikes. No complaints really, I absolutely love our regular spots. There is an unlimited amount of hikes in our surrounding area. We want to continue to explore them all before we move again because there is no telling when that might be.
We ventured into the Prentice State Park for this hike, Pot Point Loop Trail. I'll advise you in advance, don't go on this trail after a big torrential down pour. The first half of this hike was beautiful. There were hills to actually hike up and down, get you breathing heavy, and pump up your heart rate. Cagney is a BIG fan of hills. Me, not so much.
After a couple miles of being on the trail, we came to what looked and felt like swampland. It made me feel like I was back in Louisiana. The area was dominated by trees and plants galore. There were probably hundreds of frogs croaking loudly. And the ground was completely soaked from the recent rain. It was so wet, marshy, and muddy. Of course there was no way around it. We did indeed hike the last couple of miles in soaked shoes and socks.
We have a book that we reference while we hike. It has all the details about hikes that any one person could want. It even warned us about hiking Pot Point after a heavy rain; however, we didn't read that part until after our socks were already soaked thru. Ill to the wise, read about the trail before you go on it. Surely, not during or afterwards.
The last mile or so of the trail follows along the Tennessee River. I would like to say that this was nice, but it really wasn't. The river doesn't look very clean to us; it probably isn't. Stagnant water isn't really our thing; we much prefer running water. On the other hand, Dexter doesn't care what kind of water it is. Water is water to him. He likes it all.
I was happy when Dexter was swimming in the lake. When he wasn't in the lake, he was rolling around in the mud like it was nobody's business. He's a mess sometimes. I'm just thankful we keep extra towels in the trunk.
This was definitely not one of our favorite hikes. I can't even say we'd ever do it again. I take that back, I can say it. We won't be hiking Pot Point Loop Trail again.
After our hike, Cagney and I got to talking about the point of our hikes. Obviously, we love being outside and being active. But we really love hikes that have a purpose other than that. Mostly, we've decided, we like hikes that have some sort of scenic overlook or point. We love the breath taking views. The views you can't drive to; you can only get there by foot.
Who knows where we'll end up next. I can promise you it will be some where new, and it will have a gorgeous view!