Today is Memory Lane Friday. This is a weekly blog carnival where you may blog about your memories and link up. This week there is no theme. Please join in, the more the merrier!
Prior to having our three boys Paul and I section hiked pieces of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Virginia. One summer we did this there was a horrible drought, and Paul ended up carrying massive amounts of water. Another summer, there had been 40 straight days of rain that spring. My running shoes actually started rotting that spring because they were wet every day. These pictures are from that summer.
We would hike over the weekend, as both of us had full time jobs. First thing Saturday morning we'd park one vehicle at one trail point and the other some 20 miles away. On this hike, my parents were kind enough to drop us off at the start point so that we wouldn't have to take two cars. We would hike approximately 10 miles a day, and sleep for the night in our lightweight tent or a shelter.
When my parents dropped us off, we found mud. MUD!
We borrowed some plastic bags my parents had in their car to navigate the muddy start.
Paul found an AT hitch hiker's sign on the ground.
These little ladders are common throughout the Virginia portions of the AT, as the trail crosses many farmers' lands, who don't want to risk their cows getting out.
When we took our golden retriever, Monty, hiking with us, getting him over these ladders was a challenge - he weighed 90 pounds!
Wonder how many AT hikers have been chased down by a cow craving trail mix?
Safely out of the mud and on the other side.
Note the rain fly on my pack - there was more rain predicted for that weekend, but we actually got off pretty easy. We had a fun hike.
I sure do miss it! When the boys are a little older, I imagine we'll be at it again - but with shorter distances.
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See you next week...the theme is A Hiding Place.