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September 23, 2016
To me, summer is not hiking weather. Here in the Southeast, summer brings humidity, crowds, and mosquitos. The last thing I want to do with some precious time away is head off to a crowded trail, carry lots of water, and have to leave my adventure pup at home, so she doesn't get too hot. In the summer, I better have air conditioning or cold water nearby because I do not do well in the heat. With the seasons starting to change, though, I'm excited to talk about the best time of year.
Welcome to my favorite season: fall! My disdain for summer weather makes this time of year my absolute favorite. The sun is starting to set earlier and with it comes cooler nights. I leave my windows open. Soon those windows will bring in smells of wet leaves and then wood smoke. I could not be happier.
There probably isn't a prettier time of year in the mountains. Now’s the time to slow down on a hike and take some pictures. Stay out for the sunset while the weather still allows it. Fall is the time to pack a picnic, ditch town, and head to an overlook to catch the views. Summer haze is gone, and the fall colors are upon us. Get outside!
When you're spending a summer day battling the heat and mosquitos, you won't have a good time trying to push yourself to new heights. Now that fall is here you can finally push yourself to do that long hike you've been waiting on. The days are getting shorter, though, so seize the moment now! A long day on the trail in fall is a great thing, especially when it's met with an evening around a campfire.
Fall always has me transitioning and adapting. I'll be cleaning the kayaks and putting them away for the season soon, but I'll also be breaking out backpacking gear just as fast. As long as the weather allows it, try new things!
If you're always pushing yourself on long, grueling trails, try taking a weekend to go car camping where you can bring a dutch oven and hot apple cider. You won't be sorry.
Many people spend their vacation time in the summer and want to head indoors at the first time of cold, which means that those crowded trails open up! Plan a weekend and get out somewhere new. I have a backpacking trip planned for late October in the hopes that I can skip the crowds and still catch the tail end of peak leaf season.