The hike turned out to be very good. Only three of us went, Roy Duncan, Ann Ford and myself. We started the morning under gray skies and a hint of rain, which was predicted for all day, but never came to pass. One of the best decisions was to go to Martha's Pretty Point overlook, which I had not done before, and the skies cooperated with sun and it turned out to be a nice place to break. We also stopped at Big Laurel Falls which was running with good water flow.
Proceeding on to Virgin Falls, we were pleasantly surprised with good flow as well, and had lunch. The hike back went well, especially with the improving weather. At the end of the day, the temps were probably in the high 60's with mostly sunny skies, very pleasant.
With only three of us we averaged about 2 mph including brief stops.
The forecast was for 50% rain, and as we all know they are often wrong and it turned out to be an excellent day for hiking in the late summer and perhaps early fall. Probably, some folks were skeptical of the forecast, and we were prepared, but they missed on a great day for a hike.