Wisdom behind my ears

Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA.

Central Virginia has been tough! From now on I’m not believing anyone when they describe the upcoming trail terrain as easy and instead trusting the “wisdom behind my ears”! The long stretch of ridge line became progressively rockier and rockier with a few long climbs. My brother Donnie “Baby Steps” has been out hiking with me for last two weeks. We are taking a zero day and resting in Waynesboro VA, the southern entrance of the Shenandoah National Park. The Virginia Blues are kicking in and the green tunnel affect of the trail plus the rocky terrain are becoming monotonous day in day out. It will be nice to have a new section, The Shenandoah National Park, ahead of us to finish off the rest of Virginia. Here is a brief summary by “Baby Steps” of our hike from Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA.

It’s strange to think that I’ve now gone over 100miles on the trail with J-Dub, but there’s a lot more to come! We had a couple light days coming out of a tough 3,000ft climb from Buena Vista and even made a stop at an area hostel called The Dutch Haus where I found myself casually eating dinner in a robe, sometimes life is good. The Dutch Haus offered slack packing, or taking only a day pack and getting dropped off a certain distance ahead to hike back, and we took them up on the offer to hike about 21miles. While this took the 35lbs packs off of us and made the hike up Three Ridges a little smoother, the hike up the backside of The Priest was incredibly steep and super exhausting, especially since we hit it at about 1pm with the mid-day heat. Whoever actually thinks that Virginia is flat, I hope you enjoy the prairie land of New England because I hear that place gives Nebraska a run for it’s money. After the slack packing, and some night hiking to find a camp ground, we pushed the last 15miles into Wanyesboro the next day for a resupply and a quick break before moving on into the Shennies! – BabySteps

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Trail maintainers from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club, weed whacking overgrown brush along the trail.

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Baby Steps on Bald Knob.

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Trail maintainer from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club, weed whacking the overgrown brush along the trail.

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Trail maintainer from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club, clearing a trail through a fallen tree.

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Members of The Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club taking a break on a rock overlook during a day hike.

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Me and Baby Steps.

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Me taking a break on a rock with a tree. Yeah, even the trees have to deal with rocks in Virginia!

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Crasin and Baby Steps getting a ride to the Dutch Haus.

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Some hikers are jokingly known out here as hiker trash. I’m not sure how the term came about but I imagine it’s due to the dirty disheveled appearance, transient ways, dropping out of society to hike, loitering and bingeing on food and drinks in town.

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The “Bunk Haus” at the Dutch Haus.

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Baby Steps wearing a robe at dinner while his clothes were being washed.

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Baby Steps.

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Baby Steps with a slack pack. We slack packed from the Dutch Haus 21 miles.

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The Tye River

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Cripple Creek

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Cripple Creek

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Crasin and Riff Raff from Germany

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Rocky trail

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Baby Steps taking a break.

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Rocks on The Priest.

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Texas Pete and his mom Wishbone.

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Earl from the Dutch Haus

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Pork Chop

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Baby Steps in the back of Pork Chops truck, heading down to Waynesboro, VA.

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One Comment

  1. Judi June 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I can’t begin to tel you how much my husband and I have enjoyed your blogs (journal) and the pics. Hiking the AT was one of dreams in my bucket list that I was never able to do. So I truly am doing the HIKE through you! When we lived in Maryland I was able to do 80% of the AT through my home state and I did get to climb up Mt. Washington in N.H. many years ago. Does that give you a HINT as to why we decided to RETIRE here in Hendersonville, N.C.???? Keep up the great hiking . . . it will be something to be so proud of for the rest of your life! I’ve read some great books written by some great hikers and maybe one day I’ll read one by you! PEACE!

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