Iva Gillet led a group of enthusiastic hikers over to Hone Quarry for a colorful 4 1/2 mile hike in the Shenandoah Valley. Michael Seth joined the Charlottesville group who consisted of: Neil McKinney, Marian Styles, Andy Willgruber, Briana Taylor, Lisa Lamps and Max, Claire Cline, James McAdams, Wanda Hamlin, Bill Holman and first time hiker with us Tatjana Terzic. It was a marvelous fall day, with leaves changing as we drove through downtown Bridgewater during Bridgewater College’s homecoming. At the trailhead when we arrived there were some unusual items: an abandoned tent, various clothing articles, including a Batman shirt and a burned mattress. While this was very strange, but we pressed on, beginning our gradual ascent through the woods along a dry creek bed. We climbed for about a mile before the trail became steeper. The color of the leaves was lovely as we climbed and we could see the surrounding ridgelines. Upon arriving at a rock outcropping facing west the wind was stronger. Here we ate and enjoyed the view, then moved on after eating some of Trader Joe's best cookies. The trail followed the top of the ridge line and then gradually descended. On the way back to Charlottesville, most of us stopped at a roadside farm pumpkin display to purchase all size pumpkins for $1. Happy Fall!
The three Banditos, Dave Borszich, Kelly O'Rourke, and Marit Anderson (leader) had a golden autumn day to hike one of their favorite hikes, the Three Ridges- Mau Har Loop. Clocking in at a little over 7 hours, 13.72 miles, 3,994 ft ascent, full waterfalls at Harpers Creek and Campbell Creek, clear views from Hanging Rock and other ridges, and incredible warm fall weather made this day one to remember. We stopped for photos at Chimney Rock and had lunch and pumpkin cookies at Harpers Creek Shelter. The day ended with beer and nachos at Devils Backbone Brewery. Here's to hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
|It was 33 degrees when we started. Brrrr!|
|Returning on the Mau Har Trail along Campbell Creek|
Dunlodge welcomed about 60 members and perspective members for a house full of food and enthusiastic trail talk. PATC president Dick Hostelley and past president Tom Johnson made the drive to Charlottesville to mingle with us. Special thanks to Jayne Mayne who brought PATC items for us to buy- maps, books, hats, water bottles - a great array. We were grateful the rain held off so we could enjoy the patio and lawn, too. We all enjoyed friends at our city "cabin."