Rain Rain Go Away @ Mile 862

Rain Rain Go Away

Lauren has touched bases with me to let me know she needed to take a zero day because of all the rain.  It’s been raining here for the past several days since Travis left last week.  It’s hard to embrace the rain after so many days.  Rain is cold.  Rain is dreary.  Rain makes the trail muddy, slippery, and challenging.  Lauren does have company on the trail as Kyle is hiking with her.  Rain will continue through the end of the weekend before they get a break.   I was thinking I might need to find her some new shoes for better footing.

The plan is to get to Luray, VA by Saturday. There, Tonya S,  a fellow business friend of mine with Close To My Heart (CTMH) will be stepping in as a trail angel, in some manner, to help her and Kyle out.  We are waiting to finalize plans.

In the meantime, Lauren has shared some amazing pictures with us, since she and Travis parted ways.  Here are some of her pictures of their time together:

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You can check out Travis’ summary of his time on the trail with Lauren here.  I have the best brother-in-law.  I believe this to be their parting picture as Lauren went back to the trail and Travis to civilization.


Travis went home in style. I must say, tad envious of his trip down to North Carolina with the top down and the wind in his hair!

travis and car

Lauren’s update from this morning: “This last section was only 3 days but I did my best to take more photos per my husband’s request. I can barely tell the difference between all this green so I am sure it must all look the same to you but I have been told it’s important to keep taking pictures of it.   Apparently I only get good weather when people come to hike with me because the day Travis left it started to rain again. However, in the moments in between I did get to see serval new little creatures. Miles 806 – 862. ”

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“Shenandoah National Park includes a 101-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail. The trail traces the ridge of the Blue Ridge mountains, often following the same route as Skyline Drive. The trail crosses Skyline Drive numerous times in the park. ” (http://www.visitskylinedrive.org/What-To-See/Top-10/Appalachian-Trail.aspx ). They will be leaving the Shenandoah National Park when they reach Luray, VA.  Luray sits in the Shenandoah Valley.  The Shenandoah National Park is amazing as Lauren’s pictures show. Even with the rain.

Here are some great creatures and plants that Lauren has been able to see as she’s hiking.  I believe that the black snake is a rat snake since they are indigenous to our area and protected.

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That’s all for now!  Until next time

~ Linda

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