The new for 2022 PCA “Porsches and Peaks” hiking series began in May with members coming together to hike 5 miles from the Asheville Folks Arts Center to the local ‘lunch rock’ above the Haw Creek Lookout on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

In July, the PCA “Porsches and Peaks” hiking series held its second event in Fairview at the Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures. The Trombatore Trail is a 5 mile (roundtrip, 2,400 foot of elevation change) trail that leads to Blue Ridge Pastures, a grassy bald with spectacular views. The trail offers a hike with up-and-down elevation change, through a forest with clear mountain streams.

When we arrived at the Blue Ridge Pastures (halfway point at 2.5 miles), we had lunch as a group and were rewarded with panoramic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Bearwallow Mountain, before heading back to the trailhead to share stories and adventures over cold adult beverages, before the heavy rains arrived!

The goal for the “Porsches and Peaks” hiking series set by PCA hike leaders, David Angelus and Dianne Bienick, was to have fun, enjoy nature, and deepen PCA friendships through hiking our vast and beautiful WNC Mountains. Based on the first two PCA hikes, they are clearly making progress locally.

Thank you to all that participated in the first and second hikes and for bringing a positive attitude and willingness to have fun and succeed as a team! PCA member, Don Lowcavage, recently commented “That was a beautiful and challenging trail. The best part was getting to interact and socialize with APR members in a way not possible with a standard driving event”.

We hope to see Y’all again next time in September when we will drive to, and hike, (the much easier) Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop, near Mt. Pisgah. The timing of this hike was chosen to maximize our chances of seeing the Broad Wing Hawks migrate south for the winter. On average, 400-500 Hawks fly past this area daily during late September.

David Angelus