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    Default Upper Deep Creek Guardian

    Decided on the spur of the moment to do something I have been wanting to do for years, hike down to Deep Creek from Newfound Gap Rd. Got delayed meeting a lady friend and her family, etc. Didn't get on the trail till 3:00, took a little over an hour to get to 53. Was surprised to see a pretty younger lady who had hiked down the Fork Ridge Trail by herself and was going to setup camp at 53. Talked to her a while, then rigged up and starting fishing upstream. Didn't have a lot of time to fish, wanted to make sure I would get out before dark set in. I fished until the stream comes back to the trail, right before I go there I spotted something out of the corner of my eye after I released the second brookie of the day. Turned out to be a timber rattler, first I have seen in the Smokies, 3 foot long or so, very menacing looking with the black head and snake eyes Managed to move around the back of the beast to get a few pics, had to steady myself while taking them, didn't want to get bit and have to hike back out to Newfound Gap Rd.

    As far as the fishing, of course water levels were low, and I only managed to catch two 6-7 inch brookies, but I was moving fast, this was more of an exploration trip to see the area. I met the young lady on the hike out, she had went up the Deep Creek trail a ways after I told her about that section. Showed her the picture of the snake, then I headed up the trail, the last part was a little rough, especially in the heat.

    All in all, it was cool to do something I have wanted to do for ten years. Next time, I'll wait till water levels are higher, and take my camping gear so I can explore and fish that area thoroughly, hope I don't see another rattler






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    Stopped to talk with a pretty lady for a while and then went fishing before dark set in? Yeah, we believe every word of that story. Tell us the truth, the photos are from another trip right?

    Seriously, nice fish and cool snake. I haven't seen a rattler in the park but would like to some day (from a safe distance of course).

    Jeff

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    the snake looked hungry, flabby belly.

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    Hmmmmm, can't see the snakes belly I think the snake was laying on the rock to chill out in the afternoon heat

    Neal

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    Smile Where's the pic of the pretty lady?

    Just kidding, I'm always pleasantly surprised by Hotties in the backcountry. When I was there last Nov at Poke Patch a trailrunner passed us on the way in. She was quite cute and running from Newfound Gap to Bryson City. Said it took her between 3 & 4 hours!

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    Yep, this girl didn't have a spare pound on her Hadn't even broke a sweat and my old self was gasping for air and sweating up a storm I have seen trail runners on the Bumgardner Ridge area of the trail. Great exercise if you're into it. Knew a forester in SW Colorado, guy was a beast on the trail and fighting backcountry wildfires. Me, I just keep plugging along, slow and steady

    Neal

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    Great pic and story Neal. I have hiked down to 53 and beyond from the top but never back up to NFG road. How long did it take you to hike out when you were done fishing?

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    Crockett,

    It was a little less than 2 hrs to get back out, I was moving fairly slow in the heat and of course I stopped a few minutes to talk to the pretty lady Also tore my pant leg and scrape my knee on a jagged snag hanging over the trail, just wasn't paying attention. It's a beautiful place. I shall return as General Douglas MacArthur once said

    Neal

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    I've yet to run up on a rattler either but would also like to see one. He sure has a pretty pattern on him, nice Brookie too.
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffnles1 View Post
    Stopped to talk with a pretty lady for a while and then went fishing before dark set in? Yeah, we believe every word of that story. Tell us the truth, the photos are from another trip right?

    Seriously, nice fish and cool snake. I haven't seen a rattler in the park but would like to some day (from a safe distance of course).

    Jeff
    Jeff,

    I am nearly offended by your thought that I would do something with a pretty young lady that I met for the first time in the middle of Smokies wilderness My only regret was that I didn't have a tent, sleeping bag and BIG ole bottle of bubbly

    Neal

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