Saturday, August 16, 2014

Big boots in Shenandoah

Grateful for the cooler-than-usual summer, I have been able to get out hiking in the mountains in August, which is unheard of for me.  And eager to get my hiking legs back into shape, last weekend I hiked the Tuscarora trail in the George Washington National Forest (nearly 9 miles), and today the Appalachian trail in Shenandoah national park (7 1/2 miles).

It has been over three years since I've been to Shenandoah, and I was very excited to get back there.

This morning, I grabbed my hiking boots, which were still in their plastic bag from last weekend's hike, and put them on at the trailhead near Jenkins gap, just past mile 12 on Skyline Drive.  Hmm, something did not feel right.  The boots felt roomier than usual.  Far too roomy.  I examined them and realized that I must've accidentally switched boots after last saturday's hike with a guy in my carpool, who also happened to have charcoal gray Salomon boots.  I looked even closer and realized that I was wearing size 11.5 men's boots!  3 sizes too big, I think.

My feet slipped and slid a bit more than was ideal, but I got away with only getting one minor blister on my heel.  Luckily a hiker in today's group knew the owner of my boots for the day, and I was able to get in touch and we will implement the exchange later this week.

This did not detract from the enjoyment of being out in the mountains, on a beautiful August afternoon.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

summery sunflowers

 Last weekend made it out to McKee Beshers wildlife management area in montgomery county, near poolesville, MD, where there are several sunflower fields that pop out in the summer.  Although this field was slightly past peak, still a fine summery show.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Great Falls is great -- VA edition

Over the last five months I've hiked in Great Falls, VA and/or the adjacent parks/hiking areas of 
Riverbend and Difficult Run at least four times, and this is a place that always manages to amaze.    
Each season there has its own beauty.  Pulling together a few of my favorite shots over the years.  

Nov. 2006

June 2011

Dec. 2007

June 2014
Dec. 2007

June 2011

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

virginia bluebells

After the cherry blossoms have come and gone, I like to go in search of Virginia bluebells which coat the trails around streams and rivers in Northern Virginia.  The bluebell trail of Bull Run Regional Park is usually a sure thing for these and did not disappoint a few weeks ago.

Friday, April 11, 2014

snowy spring in the city

A few weeks ago, a late March snowfall dusted the city after spring had already sprung and some blossoms had already bloomed.  Cloaking the district in one last (?) white cover for the season.  So beautiful.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

snowy battlefield

There have been so many snowfalls this winter (including one coming tonight/tomorrow) that I am behind on posting snow photos!  A few weeks ago, in the wind and cold, manassas battlefield national park was looking sublime as the sun was starting to set on the snowy fields and beautifully lit trees.  Well worth the cold wet feet and practically numb fingers!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

winter walking

For 2014, I made only a few simple new year's resolutions, one of which is WALK MORE.  Notwithstanding the cold temperatures, I did just that this past weekend.  Two days, two parks in fairfax county, virginia, nearly 15 miles done, and feet only a little worse for the wear.  Happy to be out walking in the snow.