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