If you haven't flown at night for a while, schedule a couple of hours with your flight instructor. Don't just go around the patch and do a few landings. Go out and practice flying under the hood. Night flying, particularly in rural areas, is not unlike IFR flying. Situational awareness and navigation are both much more challenging and require frequent practice for proficiency. The next time you find yourself in a situation where you would need to fly in the dark, make the smart choice and get proficient. Getting your night flying skills up to speed may require a second or even third flight with your instructor.