I took another solo hike recently. I had planned to go with my usual hiking partner but that didn’t work out. We still got our usual pre-hike omelets though.
I was hopeful that Chestnut Top Trail was going to be full of wild flowers. The Little Brown Book records it as the best wildflower hike in April in the park. They must have meant late April. There were only about 200 yards of greenery on the whole hike. The rest was still the winter browns.
On a solo hike you always get to see more wildlife than in a group. I came face to face with a young buck. He studied me for about five minutes then wandered off.