Completing the Triple Crown

No, this isn’t about horse racing.  If you have hiked the Appalachian Trail, or live in Southwest Virginia, you know that the Triple Crown refers to  3 popular hikes on the AT.  McAfee’s Knob – by far the most popular and most photographed spot on the AT – it even appeared in the movie “A Walk in the Woods.”  The second one is Dragon’s Tooth, the tough hike that I finally completed earlier in the Spring.  Finally, the lesser talked about, but gaining in popularity is Tinker Cliffs.

I’m proud to say, that as of yesterday, JG and I have completed all three!

Cindy3

It was a beautiful day for hiking, and we got an early start with some good friends.

cindy1

But thanks to all the rain Mother Nature has dumped on us lately, it was probably one of the muddiest hikes I’ve ever been on.

IMG_20180524_120810

We took the Andy Layne Trail which takes you through private land, with cows and bridges and snakes!

IMG_20180524_151110DSCN7060DSCN7063

This little guy was sunbathing at the end of the first bridge, while I called for backup.  He eventually slithered away from the steps so we could move on.

The cliffs are spread out over about a half a mile, so there’s room for everyone to find their special nook to enjoy the incredible view.

DSCN7079

That’s me, living the good life.

DSCN7074

IMG_20180524_131724

DSCN7097

The rock formations were also photo worthy. . .

IMG_20180524_125918

As was the mountain laurel,

IMG_20180524_130737

and other interesting things along the way, like this tree – what??

cindy2

After returning home, our friends fixed dinner for us!  How wonderful, especially since they were just as tired as we were.  Thanks Fred and Cindy – look forward to hiking with you again.

DSCN7108

After 8 miles, I thought I would feel worse than I do today.  Physical Therapy is where it’s at my friends.  Have a lovely weekend!