After losing my hiking stick on my last hike, we drove to Hungry Mother State Park to purchase a new one (that’s where I got the first one and I wanted one just like it). While we were there, we asked if our favorite cabin (#9) was available anytime in August and discovered it was indeed free the 21st – 23rd. So we booked it as soon as we got home. We didn’t realize until later that the 21st was the solar eclipse, but what better place to view it than our favorite spot in Southwest Virginia.
We knew it was only going to be a partial eclipse (90% they said). We found a secluded bench by the lake and proceeded to watch from start to finish, with proper glasses of course. Sorry, no pictures, we wanted to just enjoy the moment. The two most remarkable things (other than watching the sliver move around) was the drop in temperature, and how it remained so daylight. I guess it was like having cloud cover, but it was different too, and I’m glad we got to experience it.
The next morning we went for a hike and lo and behold, we discovered there was one trail we had not yet tried.
A little over a mile long, the Stone Lick Trail connects to the Clyburn Trail which we have been on, but we can now say we have hiked all possible trails at this park. This was just over 4 miles total, but a great way to spend the morning and enjoy this great overlook.
Breaking in my new stick was easy and I was happy to be fully equipped again – at least temporarily.
I already had the Hungry Mother medallions nailed on.
It seems that somewhere on the way down, the rubber tip had fallen off the end of my stick. This important grip, keeps the stick from sliding (and consequently, me from slipping). So I traced steps back a ways before giving up. First time use, I was going to the front office to demand a refund! Or at least file a complaint.
When we got to the office, a very nice Park Attendant was sympathetic but not very optimistic. She suggested I look at the other sticks to see where it was made and possibly write to the company. I checked them out, and as I turned around to ask her for something to write on, she had two rubber tips in her hand! She said “I don’t know where these came from, but is this what you need?” YES! I greedily took one from her, thanked her, and vowed to triple glue it on.
That afternoon, we rented a tandem kayak and paddled all over the lake. Then we jumped in the water and swam for a while before retreating to the cabin.
If you follow me, you know I love coming here and that it always makes me happy. Here is why I think Hungry Mother is the best State Park in Virginia:
- It’s a beautiful, small lake that does not allow any speed boats;
- It’s truly a state park as there are no private homes on the lake;
- It offers a great variety of hiking, and mountain biking trails;
- The people who work there, truly love the park.
And it doesn’t hurt that it’s only an hour away, so I can go anytime I wish.
Here’s just a few pics from our cabin and the hike.
Oh yeah, and this little guy decided to join us on our porch.
JG took the frog photo, I didn’t stick around long enough to be hospitable. This nature-phobe was safely indoors!