With my mission seemingly concluded after only an hour of hiking, I decided to check out some wilderness that I have been wanting to explore for quite some time. I had a mental snapshot of the Google Earth satellite imagery in my head, fly rod, flies, and a small snack so I headed off in a new direction.
The hike started through a narrow game trail that was riddled with massive thorny vines and overhanging branches. After about twenty minutes of hacking my way through that mess, the trail finally opened up to a swampy field that was adorned by cattails as far as I could see. I knew this was going to be tough hike, but I kept on towards a wall of trees that I could see a mile or so ahead.
I continued towards the main river that I could see a quarter mile down the edge of the forest taking note of the incredible presence of river trash. I was amazed that so much garbage could be found in an area that seemed so remote. The banks of the river seem to be incredibly effective at trapping anything that floats in a river during times of flooding. It's almost as if mother nature does it on purpose for the sole purpose of cleaning up after its biggest enemy.
A short while later, I was back at my truck and headed towards the house. As I pulled away, Supertramp's distinct sound caught my attention on the radio and I did just what the song suggested I do....take the long way home.