Month: January 2013

I spent last weekend at the Northern Ruck in Bluemont, VA.  The snow was beautiful, the trail running was fun, and the company of former thru hikers and hikers-to-be was the greatest I’ve had in a long time. 

The food at The Ruck couldn’t be beat!  There was a wide array of dishes, from Indian to vegetarian to BBQ pork.  I can’t even get into how many delicious desserts there were!  If there’s one thing hikers like more than anything else, it’s food, and former hikers sure know how to throw a feast.

A good time was had by all and I’m looking forward to the next gathering ALDHA throws. The photos above are of Bears Den Trail Center, in the middle of the infamous VA Roller Coaster section of trail, and a photo on Sunday morning of NoKey, Rocket, Testament, and me having some coffee and saying our goodbyes.  


A pretty gift from a woman who will be hiking SoBo this year. She followed my blog and made this for me after I completed the trail. Ive been told it has glow-in-the dark components, but I think it needs some sunlight first 🙂

Reunited and it feels so good!  My 32-mile round-trip weekend hike to TriCorner Knob, 1-12 and 1-13-13. 

I took this photo from Frozen Head Natural Area in Wartburg, TN on 1-5-13. The valley below shows the town of Coalfield.