Submitted by Jeff Monroe
A combined NBATC and PATC hiking event brought out 13 total hikers and one dog to hike the Wilson Mountain Trail in Jefferson National Forest off of I-81 near Buchanan. The weather was perfect, however rain earlier in the week from the remnants of Hurricane Michael meant that Sprouts Run was higher than normal for October. The creek wasn’t dangerous, but crossings were tricky, so the group decided to abandon the original loop hike for an out and back on the Wilson Mountain portion of trail. The Wilson Mountain Trail was in great shape and provided the group a good workout while teasing everyone with partial views of the James River Valley. The group hiked until the end of the Wilson Mountain Trail before retracing their steps back to the trailhead for an 8.1 mile hike. NBATC hikers included Herb Vreeland, Laurel Foot, Gary Nero, Laura Neale, Nancy Anthony, and Mahendra Punatar. PATC hikers included Marian Styles, Marie Moss, Michael Seth, Christa Neher and Ana Estrella-You. John Brandt and hike leader Jeff Monroe are members of both clubs. Everyone agreed that an occasional joint hike is a great way to meet and connect with new hikers from Central Virginia.