Friday afternoon and evening, we received almost an inch of rain. Saturday morning, we had clear blue skies, but some pretty strong winds. You can see that most of the colors are gone at the higher elevations, though still plenty of color at 2000′ to 3000′. This picture is taken from almost 6000′ and is looking down into Maggie Valley to the left.
The bad part to all of the rain the night before – the trails were pretty wet. Ok, the trails essentially had a creek running down the middle of them. Never slows The Herd down, though they can all get very muddy. We love the mud on Qannik’s white legs.
And where we were not treading through water, lots and lots of leaves. The strong winds and the nighttime rain (not to mention, last week’s snow) has knocked a lot of the leaves off the trees. Makes finding the trail a little challenging in places.
No matter – we always take a nice sunny day this time of year. Makes the hiking far more pleasant.