Yet more dreary weekend weather spluttered on my window when I woke Friday morning. It's getting very tiresome with nearly every day issuing torrents of rain either in short thunderous bursts or in long deluges. Either way, it's making for some extremely humid conditions and ensuring that my free time is not suitable for any hiking, biking or kayaking.
But on the bright side, because of course there is always a plus to every situation, the countryside is thriving; thick lush green, almost tropical, vegetation is growing abundantly, and in particular, my little patio is looking very pretty.
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Even though the day was not looking promising I decided to go for a short hike at Bear's Den. When I arrived at the parking lot there were a few cars, obviously folks were as determined as me to get outdoors. I'd forgotten how rocky the climb up was to the top but I jumped across boulders and tried to jog for some of the way up. I was puffed when I reached toe top but the view was worth the climb, albeit a little misty.
It led me to the Appalachian Trail rest house where I enjoyed a few minutes scoffing mulberries and wine berries which were abundant around the lawn edge.
I heard pattering on the leaves above and stopped to pack my camera away, the inevitable rain was falling. It came down heavier and I was relieved when I found the main trail again. The rocks were getting slippery so I was careful in my descent. I didn't pass anyone else on the walk back except a young father coming onto the mountain. Obviously the weather wasn't going to put him and his 2 young sons off. They scurried ahead while Dad sauntered behind them holding an umbrella aloft. I almost envied them having the damp trail to themselves and hoped they wouldn't bump into Tiffany and her crew!