Last week I wrote about hiking on the Boone Fork Trail in Price Park. I mentioned that it was a poor season for fall leaf color. Well, I was a week too early. On Sunday, October 30, 2016, I hiked on the (confusingly named) Boone Scout Trail on the east side of Grandfather Mountain. Colors were every where! Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Deep Gap to Grandfather Mountain was like looking through a kaleidoscope.
The hike itself was fairly staid. My plan was to hike to at least the Boone Scout campsite, or maybe even to Calloway Peak. But I was hampered by getting out of breath early and staying that way. I was also plagued by clouds of some kind of mosquito-like bugs that stayed in my eyes, ears and nose. I have been on this mountain hundreds of times over 50 years and I donít remember ever seeing flying bugs, much less in swarms like this, much less during the last week in October. Strange! Lastly, the weather report had predicted clear, sunny skies all day. By early afternoon the wind had kicked up and the gathering clouds were darkening like it was about to rain. So, out an abundance of wimpiness, I turned around early and headed back down the trail.
It was still great to get outdoors for a few hours.