After 13 miles, 3 states, 1800 ft straight up elevation and a crappy night camping I was knackered to say the least. I was 0.2 miles from the Application Trail Conservancy in Harper’s Ferry, WV when I found a bench to stop, get my breath and contemplate if it would be the end of me. I was beat and it was hot, so I sat down and took a short break before finishing. As I was relaxing trying to re-inject life into myself and wondering if a defibrillator was nearby, an older gentleman comes sprinting by like a jack rabbit. I ran into this same gentleman later at the Conservancy headquarters and got talking with him. I found out that he started thru-hiking in Georgia, which was about 1000 miles south and had had a heart attack a year earlier while being in his 70s. Needles to say, I am fat useless schlep. So please help me rebuild my shattered ego and like today’s photo.
My family was out of town this past weekend and I’m at home all alone staring at the walls. So what do I do? I decided to drive three hours to Harper’s Ferry, WV and hike the Appalachian Trail. I didn’t hike the the entire trail of course, hard to do a 2100+ mile hike on a weekend and I’m not completely nuts; however, I hiked 13 miles over three states. On my way to the trail head, I found a pull off with access to the Potomac River in Harper’s Ferry National Park around sunrise. I managed to get down to the river and snap off a few shots including this one.
Today’s photo du jour is from one of trails in the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary The sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Founded in 1934, the 2,600-acre mountaintop preserve offers incredible scenic overlooks, eight miles of trail that wind around the mountain, connecting to the world famous Appalachian Trail near Hamburg, PA. After you visit the sanctuary, spend a small fortune at Cabella’s (not because they are overpriced, but because they have so much cool stuff for the outdoor enthusiast). Hawk Mountain is worth the trip (about 2 hours from Philadelphia), and small fee to enter. Bring a good pair of binoculars (available for rent at the visitors center) to see the spectacular views, and of course many of the birds a prey that congregate in this area.
I havn’t blogged in a while, and I have been quick lazy creatively. My only excuse has been that winter lasted entirely too long, and brown twigs are not good things to take picture of. Well the warmth of spring in upon us, and everything is in bloom. I recently went camping with my sons on Boy Scout trip and I really had a great time getting back to the great outdoors. Camping, hiking and just sitting by the campfire. A friend of mine was on the trip who is a fellow blogger, his blog focuses on leadership and stretching yourself to new limits. If you get a chance, check out Jon Stolpe and his Stretched blog at http://www.jonstolpe.com. Jon is a prolific blogger, and encouraged me that weekend to get back to keeping my blog up to date. So, to get back in the swing of things, enjoy this long exposure B&W photo of sunrise from that weekend.
I have been under the weather lately, but found some time to look back through some old photos that I never processed. It’s been a long winter, but things are starting to warm up and hopefully bloom.
I felt like posting something different today, I’ve noticed that I have posted a lot birds lately. I can’t remember where I took this photo, but I loved the reflection on the water and ripples in the water. It reminded me of an impressionist painting; I always loved how they were able to capture the beauty in nature without trying to recreate in their paintings.