Well, as you all know Peter and I were hiking along The Appalachian Trail on Saturday.
It was lovely, yes it really was actually DOWNRIGHT lovely.
We drove to Frederick in Maryland and entered the trail from the South Mountain State park.
Our goal was Annapolis Rock.
This hike was our easiest hike on The AT to this date.
It was a pleasure, true pleasure.
Sure, we had a hefty incline at first. Inclines are always rough, and you deal with them all the time along The AT.
You walk up a mountain, you walk down a mountain. So it goes. Over and over again.
You are rewarded in terms of stunning views and lovely nature.
This time, after the climbing, we did what is called ridge walking. You walk on the mountain’s ridge, and this time it was SO flat (it really usually is NOT), and the path was VERY wide for being The AT.
A true joy. Thank you Maryland for being o kind ;-) !
We wandered to Annapolis Rock, and yes the views were indeed stunning!
The weather was perfect for hiking. It could not have been better, actually,
The temp lingered around 70 F, or 20 C midday.
When we started out it was only 51 F, or 11 C.
The sun was shining most of the time.
After Annapolis Rock we decided to hike even further, to Black Rock. We were greeted with very stunning views there as well over mountain ridges and over the valley.
The condition on path itself was, WET! After 12 days of rain it sometimes reminded us of a brook more than a hiking path.
Our shoes were wet and more than muddy after this hike.
Yes, it is early summer where we live. The leaves are green and plentiful. Up on the mountains in the Mid-Atlantic it is still early to mid spring.
The leaves are new and light green. It is a BIG difference between mountain and valley right now.
Peter and I so enjoyed this wonderful hike. SO easy, after the steep incline, so lovely! We cannot wait to hike The AT (our beloved AT) again. Maybe we’ll get to do it this up coming weekend, before it is time to pick the girl up from Elon.
And, we are so grateful and happy that we have The AT basically in our backyard. I love it.
Our closest entry point is a mere 35 minutes away, in Bluemont here in Northern Virginia. And, then we have Shenandoah and all the entry points there + of course Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. I am so thankful that we have so many points of entry nearby.
I am also very happy that we have so many other hiking trails surrounding us.
Go hiking people, you’ll love it!!
I am slowly, but surely, turning in to a hiking nerd.
Who the hell knew? HAHA.
Have a good Tuesday, peeps!
Peter is climbing up South Mountain.
Wet trail. SO wet!
The white blazes on the trees confirm that you are indeed on The A.T.
An early Mountain Laurel. They will be in full bloom in a week, or so.
Another climb! These parts ARE hard!
I am climbing.
And, since I am an observant girl on the trails, I did notice this!!! Orchids in the woods. So, so pretty!!!
People are tenting, camping. Maybe thru-hikers?
This is how light green the trees are up on the mountain.
A log book for thru hikers! Interesting!
Annapolis Rock! Peter took this picture looking straight down!
Unknown day hiker is hanging out on the rocks.
Yours Truly in the woods!
Peter's brave sitting like this over the edge. I would NEVER!!
Light green and green!!
These climbers were about to repel down the mountain. Again, I would NEVER!!!
The trail is a creek!
Or a brook!
The Appalachian Trail crosses I-70 in Maryland.