Big Run Loop - December 16, 2017

The Twelve-plus-two PATC Hikers of Christmas Week

On the 16th Day of December, my friends, they gave to me:

1 lovely winter hike
2 PATC chapters
3 Davids 
4 trail options at lunchtime
5.8 sunn-nny miles
6 hikers in front of me
7 hikers in back of me
8 places to see icicles along Big Run
9 Trader Joe’s Minty Stars
10 degrees above freezing
11 colored winter toboggan hats
     (Malcolm and Marian wore fully brimmed hats; Claire wore a baseball cap) 
12,000 (and maybe 12 million!) dry fall leaves along the trail

Saturday, December 16, was a brisk, sun-filled day for 14 hikers who happily escaped the shopping centers and parking lots to enjoy the sights along the Big Run loop in Shenandoah National Park. Hikers hailed from both the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley PATC chapters, including hike leaders Lynn and Malcolm Cameron, Iva Gillet, Marian Styles, Susanna Williams, John Brandt, Jeanne Siler, David Broderick, David Bennick, David Kanagy, Todd Patrick, Claire Cline, Kate Hoffmeyer, and Michael Groah.  At the higher elevations it looked almost like a white Christmas given the remnants of the previous weekend’s snowfall.

submitted by Jeanne Siler

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