Appalachian Trail, Virginia
We had spent the night in Roanoke, Virginia. I got an early morning start on Highway 311 to begin crossing the Appalachian Mountains. All of a sudden the highway crossed the Appalachian Trail, much to my surprise. And right there was a large parking area for hikers. I wheeled the Little House on the Highway into the lot without any indecision like I usually have. I put on my hiking clothes, wolfed down a bowl of cereal and took off.
I had always wanted to hike some on this trail and couldn't believe I was actually going to get to do it. I decided to hike one hour on the northern section across the road, come back, then go for another hour south. The Trail is 2200 miles long and stretches from Maine down into Georgia.
After several attempts of setting up the camera, fumbling with the timer, running on down the trail and strike a pose, I finally got a picture.
I bet this is really pretty in the Fall.
I posted this photo on the blog at the time, but like the other attempts to take my picture, so much work went into getting the shot that I'm posting this one again.
This short video is a little bit herky jerky but I tried my best to hold the camera steady.
I just wanted a little something to remember this moment by.
In the beginning you can hear what sounds like the song of a Humpback Whale. I can assure you I was on the Appalachian Trail. I don't know what made that sound.
Eerie and spooky but I kind of like it in there.