There’s no better time of year for a hike than the cool and clear days of October! That is, if you can find the time to go out and enjoy it…
On Monday there was a lot of work to be done. Esther, Jonathan, David and I had arrived at the Wilkes’ farm a day early for a music recording project, and Monday was a relatively free day as long as the regular work around the farm could be finished in good time.
And the prospect of going for a hike in the mountains that afternoon was a good motivation for getting these chores done! By 3pm, we were on our way to the Old Rag Mountain trailhead, the beginning of one of Virginia’s most dangerous yet beutiful hikes. We only had about 3 hours before dark to conquer 9 miles and 2400 feet of elevation gain!
It really wasn’t a realistic challenge for all of us; we split into two groups before reaching the top, one group continuing to the summit, the second group heading back early for a more liesurely return. But it was the fellowhip and enjoyment of being together and enjoying a beutiful fall day in Gods creation that was really what we had set out to accomplish.
So, even though only five of us actually conquered the summit, we were grateful to have been able to make time for a hike on one of those cool and clear days in October!