Monday, September 21, 2009

Hardy Hike with Bob....

On Saturday, September 19th, Bob Pinkston took some members of the Forest Management curriculum to Mt Hardy in Pisgah National Forest. The threat of rain kept many that had planned on attending the hike from showing up, but a few seasoned outdoors men took the chance. We actually had no rain until we returned to our trucks and even got a rare glance at some blue ski. The trail is very old and rarely used so we got off trail some but always tied back into the old “Path”. There were lots of blueberries and black berries to eat and the smells of the spruce/fir forest were very rewarding. We saw a lot of very healthy fir trees, as can be seen in the photos, and that is exciting to find in a region devastated by the Balsam Wooly Adelgid. It sure gives us hope for their future as well as the hemlock. We will do the Cold Mountain hike on the Art Loeb trail the third weekend of October and continue to take adventure hikes each and every month, especially in the coldest of winter. Everyone is welcome to join us. We practice our dendrology ID on all of the hikes, so come hone your skills as well as your body.

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