North Carolina Escape

9-12 October 2021

Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge hikes

(23 miles, +5,100/-5,100 feet).

My NYC friends Chris and Sandy spent a lot of the pandemic remotely working from North Carolina, and they love it! When they once got a sudden cancellation for a booked AirBnB, the owners offered to put them up for free some time. And that time was now! They invited our mutual friend Dan from Toronto and me to eat, drink, and (of course!) hike.

I don’t know much about the trails we actually hiked (it was nice to have local guides take care of logistics!) but they were mostly in the woods, except the last day when we got above tree line on the Art Loeb Trail. Wonderful!

Sandy and I hiked while Dan and Chris did some trail running.

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Sandy

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Orange gilled waxcap

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Bluestem goldenrod

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White wood aster

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Late Purple Aster

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Appalachian Mimic Millipede

One set of hikers warned us that the trail ahead was impassable.

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It wasn’t

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Because beer was at the other end

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Lovely views

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Great Friends

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Perfect Day!

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Striped Gentian

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American Asters

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My favorite trail of the trip!

I guess we’re high up?

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American Mountain Ash

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Watch your step

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Steel Blue Cricket-Hunter Wasp

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Hey, Wilderness!

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Cloud shadows played on the hills

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So many autumn colors!

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Pisg-ahhhhhhhhh!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy Anderson says:

    Lovely country

    Liked by 1 person

  2. HI James, for some reason I am just getting your post from October now! I have done the part of the Art Loeb trail that goes to the shining rock, it is beautiful. If I had known you guys were hiking there I found have tried to join as not that far from Nashville….. if you plan any cool group backpacking trip this summer let me know! greetings to you and Harla! monique

    From: The JimmyJam Hiking Club
    Reply-To: The JimmyJam Hiking Club
    Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:53 PM
    To: Monique Holtkamp
    Subject: [New post] North Carolina Escape

    JimmyJam posted: “9-12 October 2021 Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge hikes 23 miles (+5,100/-5,100 feet). My NYC friends Chris and Sandy spent a lot of the pandemic remotely working from North Carolina, and they love it! When they once got a sudden cancellation for a “

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