Lewis and I went on a hike at the beginning of October. We drove the 5 minutes to the Virginia/West Virginia border and hiked on the Appalachian Trail for a little over 4 miles. It is a section called The Green Tunnel. During the summer we had taken the girls there for a short hike going on an easier path and it was green, green, green. I wanted to go for a longer/harder hike while they were gone to school.
The location is gorgeous About half of the trees have changed and about half of those have lost their leaves. It was a dry week so the ground was only wet at the bottom of the hill.
The first half of the hike was up. It is hard to tell in these pictures but we were hiking up.
This one was taken on the way down. I turned around and took a picture. Going down was actually harder than going up. With all of the rocks and leaves you couldn't really tell where your foot was going to fall.
It was one of my favorite mornings since we moved here. The hike was quiet and wonderful.
Only two things bugged me on the hike.
1. I was watching for snakes the whole way up the hill. I never saw any but that is something that they warn you about.
2. Mountain men! The place that we were hiking have hill people that live in tents and old cabins and trailers. I did not want to run into them.
Obviously neither was a real worry because we didn't run into them. It was a beautiful hike that I would do over and over. I have been told that it is a better hike in the winter because the leaves wash away to make the walking easier and it is still gorgeous.