Location: Appalachian Trail, Lewis Spring Falls, Virginia
Somewhere, sometime, V and I both dreamed up that we wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. During the ordeal of our move, this became a reality. We got to follow in the footsteps of a select few thousand people as we traversed a small segment of the thing for a few hours. It was fun, pretty, and everything we expected. We even saw a black bear cub, though sadly there’s no footage to put in the video (we walked away pretty quickly considering the mother probably wasn’t far behind).
“Black bears rarely attack. But here’s the thing. Sometimes they do. All bears are agile, cunning and immensely strong, and they are always hungry. If they want to kill you and eat you, they can, and pretty much whenever they want. That doesn’t happen often, but – and here is the absolutely salient point – once would be enough.”
― Bill Bryson,
Ever since reading A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson (a book in which I highly recommend everyone read), I’ve been pretty passionate about the possibility of K and I undertaking the tail. Unfortunately, hiking the entirety of the trail- all 2,168 miles of it- would take approximately 5-7 months. That is, if we could even manage it at all. It would take an immense amount of planning and preparation for us to do it right. Only an estimated 12,000 people have hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail since it was completed in 1937.
And boy oh boy do I want to try it. Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way. In this case, graduate school. So alas, we settled for a modest 10 mile taste. We hiked near and around Lewis Spring Falls and it was lovely. You can read more about the portion of the trail we hiked in this post.
Anyways, it merely renewed my fervor. So, maybe we’ll still do it one day. But for now, here’s a little glimpse that K put together!
As usual, it’s available in higher quality on our Vimeo page: