Friday, December 4, 2015
Walking a Goat Trail
Thanksgiving day dawned with a light mist falling for awhile and then pausing while a thick bank of fog moved in. Later in the evening, the rain began falling and would continue for the rest of our stay non-stop. In fact, it was forecasted to be raining three days after we left for home. But since there was a pause, we took advantage and hiked down the mountain to what if referred to as Big Bluff. The Buffalo River seen below has carved out a sheer bluff of rock with a small indentation about 2/3rds up the face or about 300 vertical feet above the river. This small indentation seen above is called the Goat Trail I assume because only goats would feel comfortable walking across it. In most places, there are some scrub pine trees clinging to the edge that would in theory stop someone falling from the trail but in other areas, there is nothing but air between you and the river 300 feet below.
Over the years I have written lots of blog posts on this place and how special it is to me. Every time I always take pictures trying to get a unique view that I haven't photographed before. This time was more challenging since the scrub pines that were only a foot tall when I first walked the goat trail more than 30 years ago are now quite tall and somewhat blocking the view. I'm not sure what caused them to be so short 30 years ago but the only two theories we could come up with was that they were wipes out by a giant rock slide years earlier or that the cedars have just invaded the area in recent decades after being introduced somehow.