Day 67 (Mountain Home Cabbin to Shenandoah National Park)

My alarm went off at 6:00 this morning. Lisa was going to make breakfast for Rattlesnake and me at 6:30 so we could get on the trail early. However, we woke to a thunderstorm. I took my time eating the whole grain pancakes with fresh raspberries and bananas (yum!) and then packing up so that the storm had time to pass.

I didn’t start hiking until 9:00. It rained most of the morning and stayed overcast all day. I had a little cell coverage early in the day so I was able to receive a couple of happy birthday messages. However, I didn’t have coverage the rest of the day until I found my campsite this evening.

Thank you so much for all the well wishes. I’m feeling very loved and very lucky to have you all in my life. Also, thank you so much for following along with my adventure. Your “likes” and comments are a huge encouragement for me. 🙂

There were lots of flowers and berries today but no views because of the weather. I made it to the Elkwallow Wayside Store before they closed so I was able to do a little shopping and eat a birthday dinner.

I hiked a few miles after dinner until I found a good spot to camp. Since then I’ve been enjoying your FB posts. Thanks again. 🙂

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Day 66 (Buzzard Hill to the Mountain Home Cabbin)

I started hiking at 7:00. It was perfect hiking weather although it warmed up a bit in the afternoon. I’m adjusting to the warmer southern weather. The biggest adjustment had been to the views or the lack of views. After hiking in the north east the past few weeks, I have become spoiled with awesome views.

The section of the trail I hiked today had almost no views……”The Green Tunnel”. However, there are a lot of cool mushrooms, wildflowers, and butterflies to enjoy. I had one butterfly that flew in front of me for about 10 minutes. There is still an abundance of berries, too.

I typically don’t stay in hostels very often and after staying in a hotel a couple of nights ago, it was way too soon for a hostel stay. However, Superman (hiked with him in New York) sent me a message saying I should stay at the Mountain Home Cabbin with Lisa and Scott…..and when Superman tells you to do something, you should listen. 😉

It ended up the hostel was perfectly located at the end of my planned daily mileage so it became my goal for the day. The hostel is in a very small cabin (cabbin) that was built in the 1780s on a larger plantation. Scott and Lisa are in the process of renovating the big house. I really enjoyed getting to know Lisa but missed meeting Scott.

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