Sunday was time to get out – never mind the weather or road conditions. Carolina Mountain Club scheduled a hike in Montreat near Black Mountain. When planning the hike, the leader got a little ambitious and wanted to go up Graybeard Mountain.
Instead we did a seven-mile loop which took us almost six hours. The trail was covered with snow from the time we got out of the car until we got back to our cars.
Of course, part of the reason we were slow was that we trudged through the snow and ice. We broke a trail that had not been touched. Bruce, to our left, with his YakTrax Pros, walked ahead and made footsteps in the snow for the group. Lenny and I had YakTrax Walkers which kept coming off in the most challenging places. There really is a difference between the two YakTraxs.
But the main reason is that we stopped to take so many photographs of frozen leaves, buds and branches. Look at the pictures – who could resist these scenes? They don’t happen often in Western North Carolina.