Well, I do miss being on the trail but now I have the ideal situation – I can be home with the Princess and still be able to do day hikes in the local area. Yesterday I drove about 25 minutes to where the AT crosses Route 60 at Long Mountain Wayside and started one of my favorite hikes up to Cold Mountain. About an hour into the hike I came upon this humongous rattlesnake laying right in the middle of the trail.
I can’t believe that I hiked 2185.9 miles on the AT and didn’t see a single poisonous snake. Now the first hike I do back home I come across this monster. I’m not very happy about that! I hoped that it would move off the trail but apparently it liked that spot because it didn’t budge, even after I tossed some small rocks and sticks at it. It just laid there flicking its forked tongue…daring me to try to get past it. If you know me well, you know that I hate snakes and I was not at all interested in trying to get past it, so after taking this photo I turned around and hiked back to my truck. You can bet that I watched my step very carefully all the way back!
We have a hike planned for Sunday in the Shenandoah National Park and the Princess and I look forward to seeing our friends from the Rockbridge Community Hikers and enjoying the scenery in the park. I’ll be happy to let others take the lead on the hike so I don’t have to be the one spotting snakes!