As someone pointed out on Facebook earlier this week, this is the first time since November that a seven-day forecast has not included a chance of rain. Further, we’re looking at sunny days with temperatures in the 50s for the weekend, rising into the low 70s by the end of next week. Thus, you are obligated to get out. And we are obligated to help you.
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter, but spring is nigh and, yes, here comes the sun. Really, there’s probably never been a spring that’s beckoned more for us to get out and embrace the warmth and rebirth of spring. And we’re here to help you make that happen, with our lineup of spring hiking programs.
Back in the day — in this case, the day being nearly a half century ago — when I was seeking a new adventure, first thing I’d do was head downtown to the Eastern Mountain Sports store in my hometown of Denver and start rifling through the chest of drawers holding Colorado’s topo maps.
Yes, the sun is returning from its extended vacation. And just in time for the weekend!
Good news, yes. But keep in mind that it’s been raining for quite a while and that the ground was already saturated before that. So while the air may be dry, it will take the ground a while to catch up.
When I moved to the Raleigh area at the beginning of 1992, I spent a lot of time at Umstead State Park. It was a 10-minute drive, you could hike and mountain bike, and, lucky me, I happened to live on what I considered to be the most interesting side of the park, the Reedy Creek side, off I-40. Access to the mountain bike/equestrian trails was easier, you could pick up two long trails from the parking lot, even the physical facilities — the picnic shelters, the restrooms — seemed more inviting.