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Hedges Pouroff
& Smith Creek
September 3, 2006

It was great to spend a morning with my original hiking buddy - just the two of us - enjoying some of the scenic wonders of Buffalo River country. We left the house really early in order to be at Hedges Pouroff before sunrise. Cliff found a way of sleeping most of the drive in the back seat.
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On the way to the Smith Creek nature preserve we drove slowly through a fog-filled Boxley valley. There were several elk right next to the highway; in fact a cow and calf walked across the road in front of us.
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The one-mile hike down a mountainside jeep road to Smith Creek was pleasant. Cliff brought his BB gun and found the occasional leaf or rock to shoot. He quickly grew tired of carrying it though, and we hid it behind a boulder next to the path. The fog overhead dissipated about the time we reached the creek and we started hiking up the mostly dry stream bed. We passed several shaded pools that reflected the sunlit forest canopy above.
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Our turning-around point was an area with several rocky drops and numerous giant boulders. This was just a quick, exploratory visit anyway. We will return some time and spend all day getting to know Smith Creek better.
It was a tough haul back up the mountainside in the summer heat. Finally seeing the truck at the top of the hill was a moment to celebrate!
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