Thursday, March 26, 2015

It occurred to me that I never posted pictures from any of the winter hikes I made earlier this year. Here are a few pics, along with links to full photo albums.

On January 2nd I hiked Andy Layne Trail in Catawba, Virginia, and continued to Tinker Cliffs on the Appalachian Trail. Here's one pic of the view from the cliffs, and the rest of the pictures are at Picasaweb.

On January 11th I hiked to Devil's Marbleyard near Natural Bridge, Virginia, and explored the significant network of trails around that amazing boulder field. Here are the photos from that hike.

On January 22nd I went to Greenbrier County, West Virginia, and hiked about thirteen miles of the Alleghany Trail. Those pictures are also at Picasaweb.

Dragon's Tooth, near Salem, Virginia, was one of the most difficult hikes I've made yet, and may be the most fun I've had on a hiking trail. I made this hike on February 1st, and those pictures are at this link.

Lastly, on February 9th, I hiked past the Cascades and to Barney's Wall in Giles County, Virginia. This hike culminated in one of the most amazing and terrifying mountain views I've ever seen. The cliff at the end of this hike was high enough to literally take my breath away. Click here for those pictures.

Not long after I made that Giles County hike, we had a couple of weeks of significant snowfall on the east coast, and that stopped me from hiking, but allowed me to get a few local pictures that came out fairly well:

About the time the snow was melting, I injured my right knee at work. I had surgery to correct that injury on March 13th. Once I've healed from that I hope to get back to fairly strenuous hiking, and posting pictures from those hikes.

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