Spring came early!

When Mother Nature gifts you with a perfect Spring day in the middle of February, you have to jump on it.  And that’s just what my Wandering Divas did yesterday.

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I’ve been putting off the hike to Angels Rest on the Appalachian Trail, until I was sure we were ready.  This is a challenging climb – 1.7 miles with an elevation gain of 2000 ft.  It is not for novices.

It’s for warriors!

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After an exhausting climb, you just want to celebrate.  It took us two hours to get to the top.

But it was worth it, as usual.

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Just so you know where you are, this little angel serves as a reminder.

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The best views come a little further down the path at a place called Wilburn Valley Overlook.  We took off in two groups to experience this view.  In hindsight, it’s probably better if the whole group sticks together, because as three of us were just about to reach the site, the other group phoned to see which direction to go at the fork.  We had completely missed the fork and were convinced that we had also missed the overlook.  So we told them to stay put and we walked back to them.  Oops!  We had not missed the overlook, but by the time we caught up with each other, it was 3:30 p.m.  Knowing how long it took to hike up, we decided we best get ourselves back down before the sun went behind the mountain.  We arrived back at the car right at 5:00.  Exhausted, exhilarated, and proud of our accomplishment, we rode home planning our next hike.

 

9 thoughts on “Spring came early!

  1. From the way your group was dressed, this was a warm day! What a great treat in the middle of February. The view in the 2nd last photo is amazing. Climbing 2000 ft in under 2 miles is a hefty hike! My heart is thumping at just the thought of it!

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  2. -OO- (those are binoculars, ha)
    Well now, you girls are relentless! Way to kick a$$ 😀 Congratulations for reaching your goal! While holidaying with our buddy Laurie in NZ, she pulled up some photo’s from when us Blogging Diva’s were staying with her 3 or 4 years ago? I forget, but what I did notice is how svelt you’ve gotten. So I guess, this climbing thing, up steep grade’s, is good exercise, HA! Laurie’s been climbing all around, up and over NZ, she’s a force of nature. You Virginia girls got ants in your pants, snort! Carry-on then, it looks like fun! x K

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