Summer is still lingering in southern Virginia and the days have been hot and muggy. When I woke up the other morning to rain, I gladly headed out for a hike. I’ll take warm rain over heat and humidity any day!
One of my favorite things about day hiking the AT is that when it rains, I can get completely drenched. Usually on an overnight or multi-night hike, you have to protect yourself and your pack from getting wet, lest you get cold and the pack get waterlogged and heavy. But on a day hike, with a house waiting at the end of the trail, I don’t need to worry about staying dry. I can let the water soak my hair, run down my face, drench my clothes, pool in my boots, wet my day pack and then go home.
On my rainy hike, I met a couple of thru-hikers, on their way from Maine to Georgia. When you cross paths with other people on the AT, you always stop for a chat. This is one of my favorite things about the Appalachian Trail: people are friendly. Stopping to talk to total strangers isn’t strange; it’s expected. Number one topic of conversation: the weather. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking the 5-day forecast before I head out on the AT just so I can share the latest beta. Thru-hikers don’t have the luxury of hot showers and dry clothes and they always want to know what’s in store for their next few days on the trail.
These guys – halfway through a typical 30-mile day – pointed to my camera (my trusty Olympus E3 can take a rainstorm and keep on clicking) and said, “Nice camera, too bad there’s no view”. True, there probably wouldn’t be much to see from the overlook on the ridge – on clear days I can see my house down in the valley – but I don’t carry my heavy camera just for overlooks. In the rain, everything in the woods is photogenic.
These are some fantastic pics – love the fog and the moss coming back this time of year. Still too dry here in CT. http://www.lockestocknbarrel.com
Humming “Foggy, Foggy Dew.”
The fog and mist create such magical photo settings! ~ Kat B.
ESPECIALLY LOVE the one of the web!
Atmospheric, you have the knack of combining information, personal insight and travelogue-style commentary that I find irresistible. It’s autumn here too and it’s a season I love, so looking forward to leaf fall and harvest and walks or bike rides. Your photos add a lot to the piece too; a good eye and a reliable camera.
You don’t just “live” your life my dear, you LIVE YOUR LIFE. Good for you.
You have 2 of the luckiest dogs in the world!! Love the shot at the end of the Inca Trail. One extra item I like to carry is a PLB, personal locator beacon. They are about $300, 4″ long and 4.6 ounces, and clip on your belt. The battery last 5 years or until you use it, and there is no yearly subscription. NOAA monitors all emergency signals and dispatches local authorities as needed. Even if you are just driving and become stranded in flood or snow or whatever, you can set the unit off and receive assistance. Myself, son and his wife never leave home without one! And add Bear Spray for out west.
Great tip Kenneth…thanks. I’m taking notes from everyone.
Love the foggy photos – so mystical and magical! Thanks for sharing your life with us. Carol
Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one”s own goodness.
Such an incredibly beautiful place.
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