Hiking is good for my soul. Apparently it’s good for my heart as well, because we hit the mountains Saturday, and I didn’t have a single heart palpitation all day. Nature for the win!
Andrew and I went with our friends Evan and Kristina; Evan is one of my coworkers, and we’d been talking about all going hiking together for a while. It was great to finally make it happen! Kristina’s sister and her boyfriend drove up from Virginia Tech and met us at Humpback Rocks.
This hike, which is one of our favorites because of the awesome views and close proximity to home, is always steeper than I remember. There was very little conversation happening for the first 15 minutes or so :-D. The ascent to the overlook is only one mile though, so before long we were looking at this:
After we reached this overlook, we decided to continue hiking–the trail meets up with the Appalachian Trail pretty quickly. Humpback Rocks shares a parking lot with another hike we’ve done recently–Dobie Mountain–and the two are connected by the AT. Now, we had never done the combined hike and weren’t sure exactly how many miles of AT stretched between the two, but the group decided to give it a try.
This section of the AT (going north) was beautiful–mostly downhill, lots of pretty leaves, and lots of switchbacks. So many switchbacks… none of which were visible on Google maps (yes, the AT is on there!), so when we’d been hiking for 15 minutes and I said, “We’re just about a mile away from the next overlook,” I was very wrong. About an hour later, we were…one mile from the overlook. My bad, guys. 🙂 Eventually we made it, and it was worth the extra miles:
The whole gang
By the time we made it out of the woods, I think we’d hiked about six miles. Not too shabby!
Hiking just makes me feel alive, and as I previously mentioned, it seemed to quiet the frequent heart palpitations I’ve been having lately. Plus, we had great company this weekend, which made the day even greater!
Where have you hiked lately?
What was the highlight of your weekend?