The answer is far too many…especially if you have seen my selfies. I’ve only included a few because I don’t want to scare away our readers. On my last day visiting Kerry we got up early and hit the trail! It’s become tradition that Kerry takes all of her visitors to the trail! She took our friend Holly last year and my son a few years ago when he was visiting. My son still talks about how fun the hike was and how cool the scenery was. I sure didn’t want to be left out of the experience. I can’t believe Kerry lives so close to such a beautiful place.
We walked on the C&O Canal towpath for a bit since it is flat! Flat is always a good thing before heading on a hike that is straight up! The towpath is beautiful and right along the river. A park services truck that was as silent as can be was following us patiently for a while and we never heard him…until he honked and scared the bejeezus out of us. He must do that for entertainment. I know I would.
Do you know how long it took me to realize how to point the flippin phone to get the sign in the picture. Far, far too long. One selfie secret is to wear a big scarf to cover up my collection of chins. It almost worked in this photo but one extra chin just had to be in the spotlight.
See how I threw in a picture of the top of the hike like we magically arrived there in no time at all! It’s our blog so we can spin it how we want it! I will be truthful though…we actually really like to take in the scenery around us and stop and listen to the birds and the sound of peace. That’s code for we like to stop and catch our breath, a lot. We did hear some of the birds over our heavy breathing though.
Most of our conversations were about one day hiking the entire trail together and how we can become independently wealthy so we can take six months off of work to hike. That conversation somehow led to if we would get on each others nerves on such a long hike. We then talked about what food to bring…because duh. Why hike if you can’t eat along the way!
Just look at that town down below! (Harpers Ferry, WV). Simply stunning! I’ll let you know the behind the scenes details! Kerry was texting her friend (Hey Teresa!) to see what restaurants were open in the very town below us and if our “hiking” gear would be appropriate and if we needed reservations. These are absolutely things that need to be done when you reach the peak of a hike and can see nice places below to dine at.
Come to think of it we should probably do our long hikes together because we don’t take hiking too seriously. Making lunch reservations before starting our descent might get on other people’s nerves.
These pictures are a sampling of what you do when you stop to “take in the scenery”. And proof that we wore shoes.
Kerry is at peace and feeling downright giddy! Another behind the scenes detail is that we spent a lot of time snacking at the peak of the hike while we waited on lunch plans! Again, priorities.
We got lucky and saw a train come across the bridge while we were up there. Very cool.
More scenery! It is important to take it all in! Thank you Kerry for taking me to Maryland Heights! Everyone told me that it was awesome and they weren’t kidding!