Pisgah Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen
Hike: 3.5 miles, 1000 ft (Moderate)

"It's clear on top!" was the unexpected greeting from downhill hikers. Walking out of the gloomy fog to a surreal view, one hiker comented, " The sun is setting in a sea of white puffy clouds." Another said, "The sun's light seems as if it is red lava erupting behind the clouds." It felt like we were in a spaceship. The view to the east was of the snow capped mountains and snowy foothills. As we started down, the sky was now painted with pinks and reds. We saw the waxing crescent moon before the fog enveloped us. We started the hike at 3:30 and all of us were back at the cars by 5:30.

Members: Jacobsen, Janet, Poindexter, Cynthia, Steggell, Dorene, Cowell, Cindy, Strutin, David, Hougardy, Mark, Lodeesen, David, Thornton, Eric, Cameron, Jim, Smith, Mike, Ahrens, Rick, Dunlap, Larry. Nonmembers: Myers, Larry, Coots, Kay, Jekot, Rosanne, Flavin, Cheryl.

On the way down the sky lights up—photo by Rick Ahrens
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