Big Trees Forest Preserve | 52 Hike Challenge 2017 | Hike 8

The Location

For Hike 8 I headed to Big Trees Forest Preserve. I’ve hiked in this area before, but not this trail or in this year’s challenge, so I can add it to my Explorer Series! Big Trees is about 30 acres of land located near Sandy Springs, Georgia. This area is extremely built up, and this preserve is a surprising oasis in the city.

The Hike

There’s not much to this one! It was a hot, sticky spring day, but I wanted to get out and do some easy hiking. This is a great option for me that’s close to home and easy to access (there’s always parking which is fantastic is a car city like Atlanta). So, I did a bit of nice, shady walking along the Big Trees Loop and that’s that. Not nearly as much drama as my last hike!

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Palmetto Trail | 52 Hike Challenge 2017 | Hike 6

The Hike

After my first visit to Barataria Preserve, I had to make sure Eric got out there to experience it before we left Louisiana. We headed to the preserve to tackle a little bit of a longer hike, connecting the Palmetto Trail, the Bayou Coquille Trail and the Marsh Overlook Trail. That ends up being about a 3.6 mile out and back hike. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day to hike. The real treat in this park, though, was once again the wildlife!

 

The Critters

Before the fauna, we took in some exciting flora, including white spider lillies and blue iris! But in no time we started seeing critters move along the flat dirt and boardwalk trail. We saw gators, we saw turtles, and then there were the snakes! There were so. many. SNAKES! I could have spent hours watching them slither around. What interesting creatures. Take a spin through the photo gallery to see some still shots of our new marshy friends, and check out the videos of these reptiles in action!

The Otter

The highlight of this hike, though, was the few minutes we spent with an OTTER! I never thought I’d see a wild otter in Louisiana of all places, but there it was. It was, as otters are, so, SO cute. I managed to get a few peeks of it on video!