So, I’ll go ahead and confess that I slept in my car, and while it wasn’t any warmer, it certainly made things a lot easier in the morning. Fortunately, the temperature remained tolerable until sunset and a hot bowl of faux pho (phaux?) and a hot shower kept me warm a lot longer.
I will also freely admit that sleeping in a car is hardly the most comfortable way to sleep. I tossed and turned all night. But, it did make it easier to get up and out in the morning. And, as I drove to Tim’s Ford State Park, I eyed the threatening sky with trepidation. But despite the fact it looked as if it could rain at any second, the rain never materialized, and I was able to hike three trails before lunch time, the last of which was an ADA-approved paved trail from the Lost Creek Overlook back to the Visitors’ Center. I was delighted to be able to get a handicapped-accesible trail into the book.
Then, as I walked back to the Visitors’ Center, I noticed that they had a building that housed four birds. And the first bird was a Red-tailed Hawk named Bella (A “Twilight” fan must have been responsible for her name) that had to be caged because her wing was damaged beyond repair. She was a beautiful bird and I was able to confirm that I had indeed found a Red-tailed Hawk feather on the Gilbert Gaul trail. There were also a buzzard and a Great Horned Owl as well as an empty cage.
Because it was so early, and because the temperature was supposed to drop below freezing that night, I made the decision to go ahead and drive back to South Georgia where it would, hopefully, be warmer. And it was! By the time I was south of Macon, the temperature had climbed nearly 20 degrees.
The Savannah Film Festival begins tomorrow, and I have yet to decide how much of that I intend to attend. It looks like there is going to be a warming trend in Tennessee next week and I still have four parks remaining for my Fall deadline. It’s going to be awfully difficult to pass up my last chance for warm weather.