Pate Hollow Trail is a 6 mile loop, with a few shortcuts as variations. In its longest version, it requires seven stream crossings.
We follow them here counterclockwise, so to speak, if you look at the trail from above on a map.
We also follow them in spring, when the streams carry water, for additional challenge.
The crossings are small obstacles and excellent landmarks, telling how far we have progressed.
The actual obstacles, however, are the in-betweens, where one has to climb up a few hundred feet just to descend again to the next crossing.
So we can learn a lesson: progress is measured by landmarks, but achieved by what we do in-between.
Care to join me for another round?