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11/17/2012
  My brother Kelly and his son, Chase and I took an overnight backpacking hike into Richland Creek Wilderness Area. The weather was perfect with sunny skies and a temp near 50 going in and rising to around 60. The low for the night was 31. We camped on a bluff overlooking the Richland Creek valley with great views in 3 directions. A couple of other groups were noted to be camping in the valley below near Richland Falls. Chase and I slept in hammocks while Kelly hit the ground in his tent. The night was clear with a crescent moon and stars that seemed brightest to the east. An occasional coyote was heard later in the night but only one owl called to my dismay. We awoke to a perfect morning and I was up before sunrise. We headed out at 9:00 a.m. and made it home by 12:30. Total miles around 4.5. This was a really cool trip.


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