I’m covered in sweat.
The trail keeps going up.
Up up up.
My pack digs into my shoulders.
I see the sky filtering between the trees.
I’m getting closer.
I hear laughter.
And then suddenly… a clearing.. and there she is… as beautiful as I have always imagined. I look around and see hiker friends– some old and some new.
I know that everything is going to be okay. I am finally here.
McAfee Knob, Virginia
I linger at the summit and watch the sunset with the other hikers. It is so beautiful, that I ignore the “no camping” rule and gently rope up 2 trees for my hammock.
Wait. No, I don’t.
At midnight, I awaken to headlamps as 3 more hikers arrive to camp here. Guess I wasn’t the only one with this great idea.
We all wake up at 6 am and watch the sunrise.
It lights up the sky.
Virginia hasn’t been boring.
Virginia hasn’t been a long green tunnel.
Virginia hasn’t been easy.
Why so many rocks???
I am now 1/3 complete with the Appalachian Trail. I can’t believe it!
PS: I peed off a cliff. Mom, aren’t you proud? (sorry, your daughter is nuts)
This entry is a little late. I’m actually at mile 800 right now. Sorry, I got sidetracked with walking.