A four day trip to Virginia.

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It was a long drive, three days of driving for one day of hiking. But it was worth it. The best hike I have ever been on.
We made a couple stops along the way. First at Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. Unfortunately everything was closed. I walked by a couple farms with hexagonal shapes on the roofs and hoped I could at least get some fudge, but there was no luck.
Next stop was at an all you can eat buffet in Northern Virginia. This was on Thanksgiving day so there was the usual American Thanksgiving meal.
We stopped at Crystal Caverns and took a tour. I love caves, this one was alright, not the best tour I've been on but all caves are pretty similar.
We made it to the start of the trail for Mount Rogers the next morning. But we weren't up for the surprise that.
When looking at this picture my father asked me "Is that a turkey?" and I said "No, that is you"
. it was just the beginning of hunting season! All across the bottom of the mountain were people in bright orange jackets with big old guns. Scary thing about Virginia when 10 year old kids carry around guns half their size.
It was pretty chilly and we found snow on the ground as we went up, but after a while there was a large plain criss crossed with barbed wire, it looked like we had just stepped into the midwest. I half expected to be in Texas, all the grass was yellow and the sun was really hot. All the snow was entirely gone. We took a turn and we were back into the East coast November snow scenes. We reached the large rock that marked the peak of Mount Rogers and took a breather there. On the way down I went past a tropical jungle, or what looked like it. Many small trees right green as they would be in spring by a riverbed, and a few wild ponies passed by us.
One thing i don't like about hikes is if they are monotonous, and this one was not at all. It had all the things I love best: reaching a large rock with a great view, incredibly differing climates, and a cardiovascular excercise that left me tired enough to fall asleep right away once I got back to the car.
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When looking at this picture my fa…
When looking at this picture my f…
snowy path
snowy path
my father walks ahead through the …
my father walks ahead through the…
Snow.
Snow.
Extreme change in climate. Heat.
Extreme change in climate. Heat.
A lot of sun.
A lot of sun.
Taking a break on the rock.
Taking a break on the rock.
We encountered several of these wi…
We encountered several of these w…
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