Hiking in the southeastern United States (where I live now) is nothing like hiking in the Colorado Rockies (where I used to live). Winter is my favorite time to hike in the southeast. Here’s why:
- I can traverse six miles without feeling or looking like I’ve been through Dante’s Inferno. Well, most days anyway.
- No bugs. The consistent reapplication of bug spray is not required. No spider webs across the trail. And no mosquitos.
- There are very few people on the popular trails, so it’s a great time to check out the local landmarks.
There’s only one downside to hiking in the winter. Layers. I might start a hike with a shirt, light jacket and throw – accessorized with gloves, scarf, and hat – but by the end of the day, I’m down to one layer and no accessories. If I don’t carry a full-sized pack, I have no place to put the stuff I take off. All in all, not a bad problem to have.
Regardless of my wardrobe issues, winter hikes in the southeastern United States are lovely.