Thunderstorms & Hiking

What an interesting night last night!  I had a 18 hour break from work and so my friend Brad and I decided to head to Linville Gorge for some hiking, camping, and maybe some storm chasing.
We started out the trip by trying to figure out where to camp.  This was a new area of linville gorge to us, so we were hoping to find a primitve place with a nice view.  After driving down a gravel road for a few miles, we finally found a perfect spot and set up camp for the night.

As soon as the sun went down, we saw some flashing through the trees.  I checked my radar, and I noticed a storm was intensifying over the gorge in front of us.  Luckily it was not heading for us, so I decided to find a place to view it.  Here is the lightning illuminated storm over Marion NC, as seen from the roof of my car.

_MG_4955After the excitement was over and the storm passed, Brad and I decided it was time to take a night hike.  Fortunately our camp site was located near some trails so without thinking twice we started the descent.  We made it down about a mile before realizing it was a bad idea to not bring water with us.  Fortunately we made it out to the edge of the gorge and had a great 270 degree view.   Thirsty and sweaty, we started the hike up.

It was great to find some places to explore, and I am amazed it went so smooth….we saw the beautiful storms but didnt have to fight the rain.
Here is our view of the gorge where we were.
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And here is Brad and I at our campsite ready to chop some wood! (Brad on the left)
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