We gathered at 9:15 am. on Saturday – May 11th. 2019 at the parking lot on top of the mountain on route 7. We were going to celebrate Mother’s day with them as a family – with a hike – they are outdoor’s family and hiking is a way of life for them. Sherry and I – we do it – but not alone – falling would at our age – be a disaster – as cell service almost does not exist in the mountains up there.
It was very rocky and I had to watch my step – as it was slippery – and I did not want to fall nor twist a ankle.
All the trails we hiked up on was a little over a mile – but it was up and down and in and around – with rocks the whole way.
And then we were at the top- and by the way – we passed dozens of hikers going both ways – and they passed us – mostly going up – we saw a lot of hikers doing just what we were – but also solo – hikers with big back packs who were actually hiking the main trail – which is over 2200 miles long.
The view at the top – you look out over the valley and see both the river and route 7 which heads to Winchester Va.
The rock formations at the top – you can see these from the highway as you travel East on route 7 – a lot of overhangs and shear drops.
The hike up was worth it – climbing – some places you had to find a hand hold so not to lose your balance – but it was quiet – except when people were passing – even saw one young man hiking BAREFOOT ! All in all – it was a very tranquil day – spent as a day with mom – both mom’s – for Mother’s Day!
I hope this hike in pictures for today’s blog – you enjoyed as much as we did in being with the kids and sharing a memory for time to come. At the top is a stone lodge built in the ’30 ‘s as a summer home fora doctor from Washington D.C. It later was converted into a lodge – hostel and campground for hikers on the Applalachain Trail. This stone wall is the entrance on the driveway into the lodge.
Spending the day with grand kids and their parents for Mother’s day –
hiking the Appalachain trail in the Shaenandoah’s to the Bear’s Den outside of Bluemont Va. – “PRICELESS ” .
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