The Best of Virginia
An Eventful 4 Days
The weather has been clear, but hot – 90+ degrees each day. So, we took it slow and threw in a zero day. Still, we hit 2/3 of the Virginia Triple Crown – Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob. You’ll need to tune in next week for the final event – The Dragon’s Tooth.
On the way up to Tinker Cliffs, we passed this welcome sign.
Day 105 – Bobblet’s Gap shelter to BeeCh Hill Hostel (18 miles)
Day 106 – Zero at BeeCh Hill Hostel
Day 107 – BeeCh Hill Hostel to Campbell shelter (16 miles)
Day 107 – Campbell shelter to 4 Pines hostel (10 miles)
First, The Little Things
I saw my first bear!! I’ve been waiting 1400 miles for this moment. Finally, a mid-size bear ran full speed across the trail about 30 feet in front of me. Sorry, way too fast for a photo.
You would be surprised at how little it takes to really make your day when hiking up mountains in 90 degree weather. Some apricots growing along the side of the trail were just the ticket. They were sweet, juicy and delicious.
The views heading up to and around Tinker Cliffs were incredible. I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Some people like to hike at night, but not me. Nevertheless, Spokes and I were up before the dawn hiking in the dark in order to get to McAfee Knob before dawn. It was a beautiful morning and gave some awesome scenes as the sun came up. Shortly after sunrise, we even saw a rainbow as a rainstorm hit off in the distance.
The Epic Photo
McAfee Knob is the most photographed spot on the entire Appalachian Trail and for good reason. Every hiker wants to be in this particular photo. I was extremely fortunate to have a great, colorful sunrise as the backdrop. Please help me choose the best of these photos. Feel free to click and enlarge each; this is important. Thanks.
Coming up – the Dragon’s Tooth.
Thanks for listening.
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