Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia Creeper Trail

May 2013

I've been wanting to hike a long section of the Virginia Creeper Trail with Kellisa since we visited the area back in June 2006. We finally had the chance while attending Trail Days 2013 and we hiked 6.81 miles from Taylor's Valley down to Damascus. We had hoped for 17 miles, but a late start and scattered thunderstorms altered our plans.

We need to thank Adventure Damascus for being our shuttle to Taylor's Valley and not being scared to take Kellisa's Freedom Push Chair along for the ride:

Kellisa enjoying the shuttle van ride on our way to the trailhead:

Taylor's Valley Trailhead:

Starting down the Virginia Creeper Trail:

Shortly after starting, we entered the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area:

Views along the trail:

We crossed several of the 34 bridges along the entire trail:

The greenery came alive with the fresh rain:

Happy to have the rain cover removed:

Trip stats:

Our hike along the Virginia Creeper Trail:

Sadly, Trail Days 2013 will be remembered for the car accident that hurt over 50 hikers. I wanted to get Kellisa back to the hotel for a good night of sleep and we left 5 minutes before the accident. If we didn't leave, we would have been just across the street from the accident. 

On a more positive note, we attended a presentation by Jennifer Pharr Davis, one of the world's most accomplished hikers, about her first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Kellisa especially enjoyed meeting Jennifer after the presentation.

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