Reflection of a rainy day
Like any good Saturday, the morning started out with an adventure. Although Isabel and I had contemplated going to Cedarock due to proximity, my very favorite adventure book (100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina by Joe Miller) informed me that Occoneechee is only an extra five minutes in drive time. Unexplored territory, of course, won out.
The book suggest visiting in the summer, which I can certainly understand. In the winter, walking through a forest of barren trees, the highway was easily visible for a good portion of the main trail loop. The forecast had threatened some afternoon rain, and early in the hike the forest resounded with the pattering of a light drizzle. Rather than annoyed, however, I found myself delighted as I sat alongside the Eno River.
While several other shots from the overlook and ponds capture a great deal of color, this one really matched my mood for the day (especially since the skies opened up after during the ride home). All in all, I look forward to revisiting as the weather warms up and foliage begins to return to the trees.