Finished! At least for now. I’m only a couple miles from my truck and will probably start driving home today. I managed to hike 60ish (can’t do the math right now) miles in the last four days. Sounds like a lot, but in this area 20 or 25 a day is doable if you’ve got your trail legs on. I feel like I’m just starting to get mine back and would continue, but logistics with one car are going to get difficult.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…
HOW DISGUSTING IS THAT! I was just so hungry I didn’t realize that I had laid the tortilla on the dirty table! By the way, that burrito was delicious. And I was having lunch at Mount Vernon with the original Washington Monument just up the hill.
The stairs to the top were worse than that section of the trail, but the view was worth it.
The night before I spent the night at Annapolis Rocks and it turned out to be my favorite night. Beautiful weather, beautiful sites and fireflies!
The next day I was taking a break and met a trail maintenance volunteer. He was trying to clear a fallen tree from a side path and warned me about one up ahead. A dead tree had fallen, but was hung up on the tiniest dead branch of another tree. There was a hiker killed by a falling tree in the area just a couple months ago. You better believe I ran under it as a fast as I could! And then, not an hour later, I hear a weird loud whine, turn and see a giant tree split and crash to the ground. It hit so hard that leaves, dirt and rocks went flying.
When Bison took her faceplant on the rocks, it was because we had to leave the trail to get around a fallen tree. I came across several on this trip. And I know in a previous post, I mentioned that bears do shit in the woods. Well, I can also say, if a tree falls in the woods, you can definitely hear it!
Everyone was laughing about hanging food bags and nobody had seen a bear in WV or Maryland.
And just when you think you won’t see one…
You see plenty of Timber rattlers. They are usually rather passive, but I didn’t want to test it. I’ve seen hikers in such a rush, that they’ve stepped over one and never saw it.
Time to pack up and wander out of here. More photos to come….