Still in Virginia
This morning we are camping behind Tren’s Grocery somewhere near Bland, Virginia. It’s just before dawn and it’s cold out, so I prefer writing in my blog to getting up. Ian’s tent is still dark.
I have to take back some of what I wrote in my last blog post. In it, I implied that we were getting very unappreciative of the mountains and the views. That was before we hit McAfee Knob or the Dragon’s Tooth or the huge rhododendrons tunnels. It was before we spent a night at Woods Hole Hostel. We learned that we can still be wowed.
We decided to hold up at the Campbell Shelter right before McAfee Knob, and then ascend before dawn to watch the sunrise. This was the middle of the week and we thought we would be the only ones up there. It must have been rush week at Virginia Tech. Because we were surrounded by frays and sororities. That did not take away from the beauty of the sunrise or of the early morning view. We hung around until most people were gone, and then got moving south.
We hit Dragon’s Tooth the same day. This was a pretty interesting climb. There were quite a few rocks to work your way over. They were steep and some had iron bars to give you a makeshift ladder. It definitely reminded us of Maine. The Dragon’s Tooth itself is a pretty interesting rock formation.
After that we continued our trek south for several days along the Virginia/West (by God) Virginia border until we reached Pearisburg. This was our next milestone in Virginia, and a resupply point. We’ve decided to take resupply wherever we can to keep our packs as light as possible. So we didn’t pick up much and head for the Woods Hole Hostel. This was a great experience.
The hostel is run by Neville and Michael year round. Neville helped her grandmother run it when she was younger and continued after her grandmother died. They offer accommodations, plus a family style dinner and breakfast. Everyone helps prepare and cleanup. Almost all of the food we ate came from their farm.
We still have 130 miles left in Virginia, so I’m expecting a few more awesome surprises. We got one surprise when we woke up this morning. We had a interesting neighbor last night.
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