Saturday, May 30, 2015

Don't Blink or you'll Miss West Virginia

Another state down, West Virginia!!  Yes, it was just a few miles, but we enjoyed them all and are happy to add another state to our done list.

My CVMA brother Riversnipe/Mel and wife Rescue/Randi welcomed us with open arms and have treated us well!!  Mel and Randi even dropped us off and picked us up Friday 29 May and Saturday 30 May so that we could slack -pack.  Tomorrow, Sunday 31 May Mom and I will wish Mel and Randi Happy Trails and continue our trek north.

Here are our picks of West Virginia

Friday 29 May 2015, Blackburn AT Center to Chestnut Hill Rd
Another Patomac AT Club maintainer working on the trail just north of the Blackburn AT Center turn-off

Beautiful Mountain Laurel

Saturday 30 May 2015, Chestnut Hill Rd to Weverton Rd
 Crown Vetch

Yellow Sweetclover

Hendo and Hendo's Mom at US 340 getting ready to cross the Shenandoah River

Looking down the Shenandoah River Valley

John Brown Monument in Harpers Ferry

Hendo's Mom and Hendo happy to have finally made it to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV

Hendo's Mom, Rainwalker and Hendo at the ATC Headquarters.  Rainwalker graciously made a donation to our cause, Thank you!

A great comment from Lint, a 2014 thru hiker we had the pleasure of meeting, telling all of we whiners to suck it up and hike on....
"You kids think Virginia is long?  California (PCT) is 1700 miles.  So yeah, quit your crying.  Lint"

Jefferson Rock Plaque

Hendo's Mom and Hendo with Jefferson Rock in the background

The confluence of the Potomac River on the left and Shenandoah River on the right.

Hendo taking a selfie with a deer along the C&O tow way section of the AT entering Maryland.

A turtle in the C&O Canal , which the AT parallels after entering Maryland

Another turtle

A third and big ol' turtle in the canal

A family of geese along the trail.

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