It has been a great morning to hike. I started around 6 am because I thought I might have to walk the 3.5 miles from Front Royal to the trail head. Some very nice people asked if I needed a ride just 0.4 mile through town.
I was greeted by two Doah deer on the early morning hike (photo) and I have enjoyed the trail a great deal today. Sometimes I just can’t believe I am really hiking the AT and experiencing this great adventure. The forest is simply fantastic.
Thanks to the trail club that maintains this portion of the trail a low marshy wet area was covered with a wooden planks. When one is wearing sandals this is no small blessing!
I hope to tackle the Roller Coaster tomorrow (13 + miles of steep inclines and declines) and the be on Almost Heaven, West Virginia on Monday! I am blogging from mile 978 so 1000 is close at hand (or maybe that should “close at foot”).