I managed to get out today for the first time in over a week due to all the snow we have been experiencing recently.
I returned to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest because I am getting to know that area a lot better, and I also wanted to see Powhaton Lake as it seems to be a popular destination for many people.
Currently all vehicular access roads to the lake are closed, and the only way to access it is by foot or bicycle. So I altered my route so that on the way back to the car I would walk past this popular watery landmark.
I walked almost 14 miles today, which is the most I have done since I moved here. My aim is build my fitness and endurance for my upcoming Foothills Trail Thru-Hike (more on that later), and also to enjoy the beautiful wilderness that surrounds Asheville, North Carolina.
I encountered several patches of snow that were about 18 inches deep as I approached the top of Stradley Mountain, and that made the going somewhat more difficult. In the valley at the bottom the snow was more of less gone so it was pretty muddy.
I appreciated the fact that hardly anyone was out and about up there with me. Either everyone was busy or I am just plain crazy to be going out when there is so much snow about. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed it!!