Look for much cooler temperature (and perhaps a little precipitation) moving into the region this weekend. Saturday, for instance, it may not get out of the 70s in much of the region, giving us an early taste of fall. Seems an ideal time to get out and have an adventure. Such as …
Summer called: it misses you and wants you to know it won’t be around forever — would it hurt you to pay a visit?
Did I say summer or your mother? In any event, Labor Day weekend, the ceremonial end of summer, is in three weeks and we have a most summer-friendly weekend on tap that you should get out and enjoy (before it’s too late): temperatures in the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies. Get Out and enjoy!
We take a slightly different approach this week, inspired by what seems to be a greater-than-usual offering of intriguing critter programs this weekend in our state parks system. Today, we simply list the program title, the park hosting it, when it is, and a link. You have no reason not to learn a thing or two this weekend.
It’s been cool most of the week throughout our blogging area, and it will be cool again at least on Saturday, making this the perfect summer weekend to get in a hike.
Mount Jefferson Downhill Skateboarding Event, Saturday and Sunday, starts at 9 a.m. both days, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, West Jefferson. Scratching your head, are you? Here’s the deal: The 1.6-mile road to the summit of 4,683-foot Mount Jefferson will be closed to vehicles both days to accommodate the mountain’s annual downhill skateboard race. Yup, youngsters on skateboards — more than 100 of ‘em — will skateboard down the mountain, dropping more than 700 vertical feet along the way. However, there will be shuttle service to the top of the mountain: park at the Lowe’s in West Jefferson and take a shuttle to the top, where you can hike the park’s 5 miles of trail. And you can check out the race as well. (FYI, one of the sponsors for the race, the Ian Tilmann Foundation, will be giving helmets to the first 100 kids who sign a pledge to wear a helmet while skateboarding.) Learn more about the race here and hiking at Mount Jefferson here.
It’ll feel like summer this weekend. Of course, it is summer … . With the preliminaries out of the way, let’s see what this summery weekend holds in store. And in light of the heat, we’re looking for cool.
Creek Creep, Saturday, 1 p.m., Mayo River State Park, Mayodan. This sounds like ideal fun on a 90-degree summer’s day: “Come see what is swimming around in the creeks at Mayo River State Park. …” Led by a ranger, you’ll get to swamp around in the Falls Creek Falls to see what lives in these waters. Bring drinking water, insect repellant and clothes you want to get wet. Learn more here; call the park to register 336.427.2530.