Over the past weekend I did two of the best hikes of my life. Both of them were in Shenandoah National Park. One of them was a hike in the Big Meadows area, and it was gorgeous in spite of the intermittent, heavy rain. You can see the pictures from the hike, and read the notes, at the Facebook photo album at this link.
The other hike was the popular Old Rag Mountain hike. Old Rag was, easily and beyond comparison, the best hike of my life. It was a life changer. People use that phrase too casually, I know. It's like the word "awesome." If we use that word to describe pizza and sci-fi movies, what word do we use to describe something that literally fills us with awe? We need a new word for that, I suppose. Hiking Old Rag Mountain was awesome in the literal, original definition of the word. If you care to, you can read my rambling hike notes and see my pictures at the Facebook photo album for the hike.