For Penny’s 1 year “Gotcha Day” it only seemed fitting to go out with her and enjoy the day. It was a warm winter day so we decided we’d hit the trails despite the fog and misty rain. We headed 40 minutes west to the West Virginia border. We parked at Keys Gap, where the Appalachian Trail crosses route 9, just as you leave Virginia and head into West Virginia. We parked and immediately crossed route 9 (use caution doing so), in order to head south on the AT for an out-and-back trail run. This stretch of trail is mainly flat with a light grade increase as you head south. It was a challenge to start but the way back was a huge reward; you fly back to the car as you run slightly downhill.
Penny and I hiked this section of the AT last spring to Buzzard Rocks, which was a blast. This time we didn’t go the whole way out since the views were limited by the fog. It was like running through an eerie forest!
We so enjoyed getting out and hitting the trails despite the weather. January in Virginia is full of wild-card weather, so we figured we’d take advantage of the trail in the warmer weather. Despite being wet, the trail was less muddy than others would have been. This stretch of the AT rolls along a high ridge, so moisture doesn’t pool. This made for a much less muddy run than we anticipated (score)!
Penny loved her special run and we loved getting out with her to tack on a few miles on the trail.
K, J and Penny