Enjoying the solitude of nature brings me pure joy. Walking in the forest or on a beach alone has always felt like coming home. I live about fifty miles from the Roan High Bluff, so when the weather is agreeable, I visit and walk until I am exhausted.
As a lifelong hiker, I know to be prepared with proper gear. A hat is always on my head when I am outside for more than a few minutes. I’ve been wearing my all-time favorite style of packable hat for a few years. When you emerge from the dark forest, the sunlight can be blinding, so I always have sunglasses.
My backpack contains identification, a buck knife, bear spray, a compass, lip balm, toilet paper, a change of socks, raingear, a trash bag, water, and food. When you set off on a five-mile trek through the mountains, you never know what type of weather or situation you may encounter. The temperature didn’t reach sixty (15c) on the top of the mountain. (It was eighty degrees (26c) in Johnson City.)
I took the following photos near the mountain base at the Forest Road Trail (Cates Hole), a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail.
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