Appalachian Trail Run

The original plan was to go to Sugar Hollow and run the same loop that I ran two weeks ago. I’m a creature of habit.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t planning to write about it.

But I got turned around.

IMG_20140628_142333Twice.

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I decided to drive up to Shenandoah National Park and do an out and back on the AT instead. I stopped at Mudhouse in Crozet for second breakfast (I’d had a bowl of cereal at 5, and it was now going to be 8 by the time I started my run).

I headed out in the foggy mist.

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The trail was muddy and slippery (and a bit of a river in places).

I hadn’t run far before I happened upon this pretty girl.

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She went back to her breakfast, but kept her eyes on me.

IMG_20140628_141342I told her that I didn’t want to bother her, but that I would like to get by. She started to leave, but stopped after a few paces and turned to watch me pass.

IMG_20140628_140904I saw evidence of thru-hikers before I saw any actual thru-hikers. I ended up seeingĀ many.

IMG_20140628_084339_656Bear bags.

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Does anybody know what kind of flowers these are?

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I ran through a field full of them and they smelled wonderful.