We haven’t visited Roan Mountain for the annual catawba rhododendron display in a long while–2015 The rhododendron display normally occurs in mid-June. All Wednesday Striders and Friday Hoofers and their non-hiking spouses are invited. Plan to spend the night of June 9 at the Richmond Inn in Spruce pine. Rooms will fill up fast. So make your reservation soon. Check the June schedule for details.
Craig and I have spent considerable time discussing whether a COVID-19 vaccination is required to hike with the Wednesday Striders. We have decided that the answer is yes. Starting on the May 19 hike all Wednesday Striders will be required to be fully vaccinated. This policy will apply to not just carpooling but hiking with the group as well. Car-pooling allows us the option of featuring some of our popular shuttle hikes.
The reason for this policy is obvious. It is to protect you and your fellow hikers. Thank you for your understanding and your respect of our hiker family.