First 2014 Hike

I've realized that I do much better about getting up and out in the mornings (weekend or otherwise) if I've already got a plan in place before I go to bed. I've found this for my own exercise, house projects or chores, and hiking. Without a plan to head to the Lower Haw River to hike, I doubt we would have been out at 8am on a 20 degree morning. First time to hike this trail, which is about 30-40 minutes from home. It's part of the Lower Haw River State Rec Area. The river was flowing fast and a little high (from what we could tell) and no kayakers on such a cold morning. We did see a few deer (which is always fun) but zero people.

iPhone photos because I forgot a camera
thin layer of ice on a side creek