The Blue Ridge Mountains are a very beautiful part of the Appalachians, which is famous for its hiking trails. They are not a great place for running, though, as I had to find out. I basically gave up after ten minutes of nothing but steep uphill running, and spent the rest of my time circling a tiny pond (Teich) next to the parking lot. But I went back to the same place later that day and hiked up all the way up to Graybeard Mountain. Since Tish didn’t feel great and stayed at the hotel, I went by myself, and that was about as much company as I was going to have on that trip. It wasn’t before I was on my way down from the summit that I met any people at all. Luckily I didn’t run into a bear either.
The trail itself is of course gorgeous. Here are some impressions:
“Walk Don’t Run” by the Ventures is one of my favorite instrumentals of all times. Regulars at my birthday parties might recognize it as the tune that we play at low volume every time we open the windows to let some fresh air in.