Catching Up


Look at that beautiful blue sky and smooth Appalachian Trail ahead. Gary and I had an overnight stop in Shenandoah National Park in route to Daleville, Virginia.


Unfortunately the blue sky didn’t last and the rocks appeared. 


I don’t care! It’s glorious to be out hiking and pre-burning calories before Thanksgiving.


Now if this was Maine or New Hampshire, the trail would make me clamber over the tops of those dad-blame rocks. I love Virginia! Here I stroll around the level backside, no clambering needed. Which is a good thing because it started sleeting up a storm. That’s mountains for ya.


The parking area is way down below, where I started. On the way up, I peeled off three layers and seriously regretted the fleece pants decision. Back on with the warm clothes and considered pulling the hat and gloves out of the backpack. 


What?! Shouldn’t all the bears be asleep now?


To heck with pre-calorie burning. I earned this desert. It would just be wrong to pass up Skyland Restaurant’s famous blackberry cobbler. I did share with Gary. 


Thanksgiving morning, driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I had time for a short hike. 


It was nice to think about the families and friends down in the valley, preparing turkey or whatever they consider a feast, coming together to share a meal and celebrate gratitude. I had a wonderful holiday, enjoyed cooking with my husband and son and playing with grand kids. That’s what it’s all about. 


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Comments

  1. Andra H Rudershausen says:

    Great Post!! Just one question– when you said you “shared” with Gary that fabulous dessert, is that like,
    one spoonful? Half? lol xoAndra

  2. Christine says:

    ANdra…I think you are on to something. And perhaps Gary got his own dessert….and shared with Terry! It looks like the nice start to a holiday.