We spent the days hiking upper Hawksbill and the White Oak Canyon trail and taking pictures. It was fun for me to show them around and I was thrilled that they were able to see lots of deer and watch a black bear along the Skyline Drive.
In addition to hiking and spending time together, I did manage a couple hours to fish a stream that I haven't had the chance to return to since my first trip to the park in the spring of 2015. With 2 hours to fish before the sun set, I figured that if I really moved quickly I could reach the area I wanted to fish in about 45 minutes. That would leave 30 minutes to fish and then hike back out but I would have to push since it would be all up hill on the way out. Unfortunately, my watch had died a few days before so I was running solely on my internal sense of time.
Southern Appalachian brook trout have to be one of the most beautiful strains of eastern brook trout and truly stunning in their fall colors.
After fishing a pretty stretch of stream and finding fish, I thought I should pack up and head back up the trail to the car. On the way out, I startled an owl which silently took off through the trees in the late afternoon light. As I ascended out of the hollow, I could see the sun still in the sky bringing a sense of relief that I hadn't stayed too long. When finally reached the car it was a few minutes before six o'clock, just enough time to pick up the girls and the camera gear and find a spot to watch the sun set together!
|The end of a wonderful day in the park|