Wednesday evening, three of my Ultimate Hikers and I met for a hike under the headlamps. It was a little after 7 p.m. as we gathered at the trailhead. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones gathering.
“I think it’s staying to the west of us,” Robert optimistically offered.
“I think you’re — ”
“ — right,” I agreed.
Undaunted, enthusiastic and acting much like the skink who pretends not to notice the rat snake with a napkin tied around it’s throat that’s sidled up to it, we headed down the trail. Within a minute, the rain, which had been light, turned heavy and horizontal. The blinding light show reminded me of discos long (thankfully) past. Five minutes down the trail I stopped, turned, and above the din of thunder and water being fire-hosed from the sky, yelled, “Maybe this isn’t such a great idea … .”
Wednesday night, hiking was not a good idea. And, based on the forecast, today may not be quite so hot, Saturday, either. But starting Sunday, great hiking weather — sunny, dry, high in the low- to mid-70s — returns to the Piedmont and the mountains. Thus, we are recommending that you work beaverishly through Saturday, then take a day, or two, or three, and hit the trail.
I’ll tease you with a couple photos, then direct your attention here, to our sister NCHikes.com site, where you’ll find five hikes especially well-suited for September. (For additional hikes, scout around under “Trip Recommendations” on the home page.)
Happy hiking. And happy first day of fall.