Below are a few images from my weekend backpacking trip to Monongahela National Forest and the North Fork Mountain in West Virginia. Wow, what an amazing hike that was. After a very rainy start, my friend and I hit the trail just before noon on Saturday and began our hike up the mountain. The forest was transformed by the low hanging clouds and a thick fog. It was dreamlike. We made our way up the mountain taking pictures along the way, mesmerized by the beauty of the place and its enchanted, lichen covered forest. There was still very little fall color but the temperatures were mild which made it for a very comfortable hike. Once we reached the ridge, the valley was covered in a heavy fog which looked like a fast moving white river. We setup our camp, ate and got to work photographing the sunset. There was little color in the sky that evening but the following morning, things looked a little better. Once the fog subsided, the views were absolutely spectacular. As I was carrying close to 2 gallons of water, in addition to food, extra clothes, and camp gear in my pack, I opted to bring with me only my little mirrorless Sony A6000 with 16-50mm kit lens camera and a tiny MeFOTO Backpacker tripod. I was nicely surprised how well the little camera performed. I also loved how light my setup was and how free I felt using the little tripod. Being in a black bear country made me a bit uneasy, but luckily we had no bear encounters during the day or at night.... I cant wait to return when the trees are in full autumnal color.
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