Fall 2017

I fried my camera on our canyoneering trip to Utah in October 2017, so I bought me a fancy new Sony A7Rii.  I had been fiddling with it for a month, so I decided I wanted to take off a week from work and hike around the Appalachians for some fall colors and to play with my new camera.

It got a little chilly, and I saw some light snow in the mountains, but the colors were pretty nice.  I planned to drive up towards Virginia and hike around Roan Mountain.  But I decided against driving so far, and ended up hiking in Citico Creek and Panthertown Valley.  I hiked to Stratton Bald from the trailhead on the Cherohala Skyway…this was the first time I had hiked to Stratton Bald from this trail in decades…since they gated the trail back at the Skyway.  I also hiked the Bald River Trail.  And then I headed over to North Carolina and spent a few days in Panthertown Valley.  I saw a sow bear and three cubs, but I wasn’t able to get a good photo of them with my wide angle lens.  I had planned to backpack all weekend, but the weather was so cold that I ended up just day hiking and car camping every night.

After a couple of days in Panthertown, Jessica came down from Ohio for a visit, and Tracy came over for the weekend, and the three of us just hiked around Panthertown and Siler Bald for a couple of days.

I really miss the Rockies, but in the Fall it’s easy to be happy in the Appalachians.

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