First time up Old Rag Mountain!! A 9 mile hike that involved leaping over deep crevices and scrambling up rocks for a good few hours. It’s known to some as the “best hike on the East Coast.”And of course, a fabulous picnic and beautiful sweeping views of Virginia! We had absolutely PERFECT fall day for a hike.
Oh to have those fresh legs again:
We started out chipper on the pathway that soon started to turn steep
Next thing we knew, we were climbing straight up rocks
Up and up and up! There were two parts were I was VERY scared I was going to fall in a deep crevice. Matt had to help me out. It was the hardest hike I’ve ever done!
A snippet of one of our vertical climbs:
We stopped for our lunch picnic about 2/3 of the way up – already gorgeous views!
We had bread and cheese, fruit, carrots/celery with hummus and pumpkin oh!
It was a free-for-all of tearing hunks of bread and popping grapes
Pumpkin Oh tasted so good in the fresh air!
After lunch, we kept going up. I thought we were at the top until I saw a few people standing on a rock on the next peak over – they looked like ants!! That’s where we were headed.
And finally, we made it. And then collapsed. It was so nice to just relax in the breeze for a bit before we headed back down.
We took the fire road down – which was much less difficult to navigate and took us from mountaintop to miles and miles of wooded trail and back to the parking lot. The bathrooms and water could not have come fast enough!! We hiked for about 6 hours – with 2 breaks for lunch and our heavenly rest.
GREAT hike and a fANNEtastic time with our friends!!
Back at the Hungry Homestead, we feasted.
We pan-seared the No Bull Burgers that the owners gave me on Saturday and served them with melty cheese on Virginia roll buns. Heaven on earth, let me tell you!
Served with a baby romaine salad dressed in olive oil and salt along with tomatoes and pan-candied pecans (butter, maple syrup, cayenne, cinnamon and salt all stirred together over medium heat for 5 minutes!)
Matt and I are exhausted. I’m going to attempt a bubble bath and then crawl into bed! Literally because I can barely walk!