I left off telling the story of our hiking weekend back in March to attend my dad’s funeral. It has been hard getting back to writing on the blog since then. I wasn’t particularly close to my dad, but he was an enigmatic force and all things “Albert” could have a lasting affect on all who knew him. Alzheimer’s paired with old age got him in the end…but what a life he led!
One thing I had in common with him was his love for the woods. So it is back to the woods we go!
Earlier in the weekend, Shenandoah National Park had been closed due to snow and ice. It had opened AFTER we had started hiking on the previous day hiking AT – VA Rockfish Gap to Beagle Gap . What a difference a day made!
Driving to Turk Gap we dodged an army of squirrels intent on licking up something that was on the road, possibly salt. The road was clear, the sky was blue, and the snow was still pristine in many spots. Evidence of other hikers was there, but still lovely!
This section took us down, down, down to a lovely stream valley, then up, up, up Calf Mountain. In the snow. Trudge, trudge, trudge…it was kicking my butt! I was making my best effort to love winter, but honestly, after this weekend I didn’t care to see another flake of snow for a looooonnnnnnggg time!!
I waited so long to write up this section on the blog that is is now long past winter and warm weather has arrived. And I use the definition of warm from the Mid-Atlantic weather dictionary…hot, muggy, and what the hell happened to Spring???
So, it is with a bit wistful yearning that I revisit this section. 😀
After the Summit of Calf Mountain, it was pretty smooth sailing, thankfully! One more lesser summit on Little Calf Mountain, then down the field to the cars closing out out our hiking weekend.
Three great hikes with four great gals! Hike On!