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Posted on Thursday 27 October 2011 at 4:38 pm

Fall Hiking

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I went up to Shenandoah National Park on Sunday. For those unfamiliar with the region, Shenandoah is about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from me and is part of the Appalachian mountain range. It was gorgeous and I really enjoyed myself. After breaking my ankle this summer, I haven't been moving too much and might have overdone it a little for the first time getting out in a while. I hiked about five miles on a moderate trail with plenty of ups and downs out to the top of a waterfall, down to the bottom of it, and back. Then lunch, then a little over a mile climb, stairs and general rock scrambling, to a peak that is one of the few truly 360 degree views in the park, and finally an easy little walk in the woods of about 2 miles to the ruins of an old mission. It was an absolutely perfect fall day with lots of pretty colors in the leaves, a slightly cool bite to the crisp air that was absolutely fantastic, and I even got the chance to play the heroine by jumping the van of a woman and her children when their battery died and the little boy was freaking out about them being stranded in the woods all night.

Of course I can't just leave you with telling you it was lovely and gorgeous. I bring pictures!

General pretty fall pics

Rock Scramble

After I climbed to the top of this, I started to yell at my formerly-broken ankle. It still twinges with pain when I try to run and I was informing it that if it climbed that without any problems even after the five-mile hike and other climbing to get to this point, it was time to stop hurting when I just run a few steps. So far the ankle hasn't listened.

Pocosin Mission Ruins

South River

Feeling: Sore
Exploring: Panera
Listening: Ladies talking at the next table (annoying)


labellerose at 1:35 pm on 28 October 2011 (UTC) (Link)
bratty_jedi at 2:19 pm on 28 October 2011 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :)
gilpin25 at 4:16 pm on 28 October 2011 (UTC) (Link)
I love this time of year and a perfect red and gold October is hard to beat. What a gorgeous walk it must have been; I'm very impressed by Superwoman jump starting engines.:D

Hope that ankle starts listening!
bratty_jedi at 5:41 pm on 28 October 2011 (UTC) (Link)
Autumn is absolutely my favorite season. I just wish it lasted longer around here. If we're lucky, we get six weeks of it, but that's basically the max.

I didn't think jumping someone's car was that big of a deal, but it sure made that little boy happier.

Hope that ankle starts listening!
Me, too, though I realize this project might work better if my ankle had ears.

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