Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Appalachian Trail

This is some of the gorgeous colors that we saw up at Big Meadows Campground. This campground was just great....
This Skyline Drive is just breathtaking. The colors of Fall do not show as great as I would wish but you can get the idea.
We went on a 3 mile ranger guided hike--- this is the trail. She told us about the different trees/plants (black cherry tree is now almost gone and a tea plant is hard to find), where some cabins used to be, the history of the trail and some great stories of hikers of the trail. The first woman to hike the trail was a 60 year old. What a character she was. She talked about the "magic of the trail"...... I was pretty cold and a lady on our group gave me her a red scarf......the ranger said "the magic of the trail"!!!!!
John and I on the trail.............

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,175 miles long path along the Mountain Ridge line from Georgia to Maine. It was originally thought of by Brenton MacKeye, who was a employee of the U.S. Forest Service, and felt that there needed to be an escape for people who worked in urban industrial jobs. A place where they could "get away". Many people have set themselves on hiking a segment at a time while others complete the hike in one season. That sure would be a neat goal!

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