Earlier in July, Kelly and I met my parents for a long weekend up near Roanoake, and then Wintergreen, VA. We rented a condo through HomeAway (it was a great deal and an awesome place, ask for details if you’re ever looking for a place to stay in that area). Saturday night, we stayed near Roanoke and my mom shuttled us to the first trailhead where the AT crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. We hiked south into Troutville to where we had begun our Memorial Day weekend hike. We got caught in a torrential downpour, complete with lightening and thunder. We were thankfully in lower elevations but a brief hike across a cow pasture towards the end of the hike provided enough of a scare. Right after we left the pasture and entered the woods, lightening struck close enough to send the herd of cows that had been grazing across the field. Cows can be scary!
Thanks to soaking wet shoes, our hiking plans took a change of plans and we ended up getting another 16 or so miles between Dripping Rock and Rockfish Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway over the next few days.
When we weren’t hiking, we went driving along Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We did some brief hikes/walks with my parents at different waterfalls and vistas along the Parkway. The highlight of the weekend was the fresh blackberries we found while looking at the ’20 Minute’ overlook.
Trip Miles: 29
2013 AT Miles: 64.1
Total AT Miles: 694.9 (31.82%)