October 30, 2015
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought. This is what it is to be happy.”
Ramona and I had a great day out in Pisgah National Forest. The autumn air hung sweetly upon the forest floor as the smell of spruce fir wafted upon us on the trail. Leaves were crushed underfoot as we went along.
We started off Forest Service Road #816 and went southwest on the Art Loeb/Mountains-To-Sea Trail. After a mile we climbed Chestnut Bald by a short bushwhack to the tree-encased summit. We continued on the MST for several more miles, walked north on Hwy. 215, hiked on Flat Laurel Creek Trail, then the Sam Knob Trail back to our car.
Total mileage is 8.4 miles.