Yesterday my family went to Grayson Highlands State Park in southwestern Virginia. It is one of our favorite places to hike because a great deal of the hike is along a treeless ridge, making for spectacular views. Yesterday we decided to try to hike along the Appalachian Trail to Mt. Rogers. That was an optimistic goal, since it is a 4 mile hike each way.
Here we are starting off. This is my typical position as we hike. Bringing up the rear.
The kids still have lots of energy and use it to climb every rock.
Did I mention the other reason we like Grayson Highlands so much?
Very friendly wild ponies.
Here’s the view from the first “plateau”.
Some of what’s coming up.
Much of the trail looked like this.
Still climbing rocks and there was no shortage!
This is the rockiest trail we have ever hiked.
Another high point.
A little perspective.
Sometimes the trail was one big rock.
Rewarded with more ponies. I’m no expert, but I think this one’s pregnant!
Our last climbing rock. It took us 90 minutes and we were ready to turn around.
An especially bad picture of me, just to prove I was really there.
That’s Mt. Rogers, our original destination. We’ll have to save that for another time. At this point we’re pooped!
Little one started fussing on the way down. She wanted out, but there was NO way she could climb down all those rocks. We finally got her out of the backpack when we got back to the flat section.
She’s not near as tired as the rest of us.
Here she is this morning. The person who applied her sunscreen will remain nameless!