Good morning Tuesday!
I hope your weekend was a great one.
Our weekend was good. We did follow the hurricane in Florida like crazy on TV and in media. I am glad that it did not turn out as bad as we all thought it would be.
However, bad enough, though …
Nature is cruel.
Peter and I took a hike on The Appalachian Trail!
We love it so much, and I am so glad that hiking has turned out to be such a big interest and hobby for both of us.
On our way to the trail. Such a beaut of a Saturday morn ...
This pic is taken by the trail head by the parking lot. As you can see the view is quite remarkable and we are already at a high elevation at this starting point.
Hiking fulfills so much!
Our love of nature.
Our love of moving around.
Our love of seeing new places along the trail.
And sure enough, our love of burning calories (haha) ...
Yes, one of these years I really do HOPE that we can hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
THAT is an undertaking if there ever is one. TO hike said trail takes 5-6 months on average. Northbound from Georgia to Maine. Southbound from Maine to Georgia. It is your pick where you start.
As I said, one of these YEARS I SO hope that we can call ourselves “thru hikers”.
At every trail head on the AT you'll find signs like this one. All nice, all informative.
But for now we are only day hikers.
That is good enough for the moment, certainly.
Peter is on his way!
We walked mainly in the forest, but every once in a while you stumble upon power lines, like at this place.
This time we started our hike at an Appalachian Trail parking spot right where Virginia borders West Virginia.
We parked our car and hiked to the town of Harpers Ferry in West Virginia.
Harpers Ferry is also a very historic town. It played a huge part during the civil war.
I love that town so much, it is incredibly lovely. Peter and I got engaged there, on top of the hill, back in 1992.
There are designated camp spots (and shelters for hikers) along the entire AT. This is a fire ring that someone had used the night before.
You are now crossing over from the state of Virginia to the state of West Virginia.
THIS, however, was the very first time we did HIKE into Harpers Ferry.
The hike was moderately hard, I would say.
No ascends to really speak of. BUT, the path was ROCKY as hell. ROCKS everywhere, so you had to be SO careful at all times.
As we hiked down from the ridge towards Harpers Ferry the descent was steep and long. I believe it is a 2 mile (3,2 km) descent. ROUGH!
And, even rougher for the people ascending it.
Let me tell you, I was HAPPY not be on my way UP. To be on my way down was HARD enough.
This is the trail. Rocks, rocks and more rocks.
When we got into Harper’s Ferry we rewarded ourselves with a VERY tasty lunch.
YUM, the burger and the beer tasted terrific.
Usually we bring picnics on our hikes, but this time around we decided to eat once we got into town.
Good plan, a really good plan.
Peter is talking to some "sobo" (south bound) Appalachian Trail hikers. This couple thought that they would reach (and be finished with the trail) Springer Mountain in Georgia around Thanksgiving. They said "Every day is hard out here."
My hubby, the AT-(day)hiker.
THE descent down to Harpers Ferry was very challenging.
The weather was perfect.
Plain perfect. Around 68 F (20C) and so sunny!
It could not have been any better.
This is the mountain we came down from.
9 miles, or 14,5 kilometers.
How we got back to our car in Virginia?
Uber, baby, Uber!
This is Jefferson Rock close to Harpers Ferry. Thomas Jefferson stood here once and admired the beauty of Virginia and Maryland. He has said; "this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic".
Jefferson Rock overlooking parts of Harpers Ferry.
I cannot wait until our next hike.
MY only regret this time around is that I had FORGOTTEN to charge my Canon. SO all the pics in this post are taken with my iPhone.
It is what it is.
Also, it would have been a challenge carrying the Canon on this hike, because the hike WAS demanding. So maybe it was meant to be?
No Canon for Yours Truly this time around.
AHHH!!! The best tasting lunch in such a long time!!
Harpers Ferry is so quaint and pretty!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!!