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Domromer 12-09-2012 08:07 PM

Checking out the Francis Marion national forest via vstrom
 
It was in the 70s Saturday so we decided to go for a ride through the National Forest. The plan was to check out the visitors center and look for some geocaches while exploring the dirt roads. As soon as we got to the national forest it became apparent that it was hunting season. There was hunting trucks along the roads and packs of hounds. No big deal I thought. I can still cruise down the dirt roads. I just won't go into the woods. We kept passing tucks of hunters and they didn't give us the usual friendly wave that you get from most people in SC. I didn't think much of it and kept going.

On the way out I saw a DNR worker at a check station. I asked him how the deer hunting with dogs worked. He explained that the packs of hounds chase the deer through the woods and then when the deer crosses the road the people sitting on the trucks shoot at the deer! On the road! From the bed of a truck. This blew me away on many levels. One people hunt from the road while sitting in the bed of a pickup, and two I was pretty much riding right through people hunting. It's like there was a guy in a deer stand and I decided to park my bike right in front of him. Well that would explain the lack of friendly waves.

Here are some pics from our ride. I wish I got some pics of the dogs. We kept running into them while I was riding doen sandy roads. They were friendly little things.

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The National forest visitors center by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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I own you bitch! by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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More diorama goodness by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Who can resist a diorama by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Red wofl by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Red wolf at the visitor center by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Creepy church in the woods. by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Creepy church from the outside by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Old organ in the vampire church by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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This church was very creepy even in the day by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Having a drink at a fork on the road by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Should this one make me smaller or bigger? by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Finding a geocache in the woods by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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I wonder if these are edible by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Exploring a dirt road by dsrphotography, on Flickr

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Cruising through the national forest by dsrphotography, on Flickr

CharlestonRider 12-15-2012 06:48 AM

Domromer,
Excellent pics...Thanks for sharing. Makes me sorry that I didn't take my DL1000 there when I owned it. I also took advantage of the 70 degree weather on Saturday, but my ride wasn't nearly as fun as yours (I rode to my office to get some work done).

Cheers.
CharlestonRider

RedRockRider 12-15-2012 09:34 AM

Old organ in the creepy church. +1 Nice pics! :clap

Domromer 12-15-2012 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RedRockRider (Post 20255060)
Old organ in the creepy church. +1 Nice pics! :clap

The scenery is a bit different than St George!


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