Monday, September 14, 2009

Autumn is Coming

9-11-09 day 101
start: Rock Springs Hut, VA
end: High Top Hut, VA
daily mileage: 23.9
total mileage: 1284.5

We left at a not so early 9 o'clock for a 24 mile day. Its funny, 24 miles used to be a huge endeavor, something we would have thought a lot about and made sure we were up early for. Through the park, however, the trails are so easy and smooth we don't even have to worry about it, I think we're getting cocky. We made really good time all morning and intended to stop at the Big Meadows Wayside for more milkshakes, but after finding out it was .5 off the trail we said forget it.

One thing we are defiantly beginning to notice is the autumn moving in. A fair number of leaves are already changing and the air has that familiar fall smell, dead leaves I guess. Not to mention its chilly! To me anyway, it feels very reminiscent of Boy Scout backpacking trips. We always hiked around this time of year and through areas in Ohio like this.

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading about Big Meadows in Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. I think what he said was, "We went to Big Meadows, which is a big meadow, but is actually named after a guy named Meadows, which pleased me very much for some reason."