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How we spent Easter

2011 May 6

The day before Easter we entered Grayson Highlands State Park, where there are “wild” (Muggle says they are actually feral) ponies grazing on the bald. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we spent our 12 miles talking to the incredible number of local folks out hiking as well. We even got to see some ponies.

The next morning as Easter rolled in, we laid plans to hike about 15 or so miles and get a shuttle pickup to take us into town for a night’s hostel stay.  We walked about 2.5 miles before we began descending into a camping area where several cars and RVs were parked. Muggle  immediately started hoping it was trail magic, but we had our doubts because we also saw what  looked like a sasquatch walking around the campground and 2 or 3 dogs barking wildly at it. When we finally got to the gate of The Scales, a Wookie warmly welcomed us, shook our hands and escorted us to his camp fire.

It turns out a group of young couples from Damascus decided to spend the weekend out cooking trail magic over a fire while camping out! What a great start to Easter! They cooked us up three burgers, a pound of bacon, and two eggs to put on top. They had Reese Eggs. They had fresh veggies. They even had professional medical advice! So at 10 am, after about 2 miles, we sat down for an hour and a half with the folks below and had a FANTASTIC morning!



From there we walked (very slowly) to the next shelter about 3 miles away for a quick break, which likely would involve laying on our backs in the sun and reminiscing about the burgers. When we turned the corner, there sat Stretch, Night Train, Chopper Bear and The Conversation just hanging out. Stretch had just found a ball to use for Wiffle Ball Wednesdays, so we grabbed a shelter broom and decided to test it out in the adjacent field… We only had two bases and no real teams, but I’m pretty sure I won. Muggle got some great shots!

wiffle ball


After that, we figured the day was shot (for hiking), so we caught a quick ride into town – Troutdale, VA – to a church hostel they have there and a great grill for more burgers and milk shakes! So we totaled the day at 8 miles but a TON of laughs and good times. Oh, and the shuttle to town was an old converted ambulance that they guy also sleeps in. The whole thing reminded me a bit of our first hitch-hiking experience, but having that in our history made more much more comfortable with it. Winking smile


All in all, Easter was a GREAT day! We even got to meet The Conversation’s mom the next day when she dropped off his dog to hike with him. A couple of days for the books. Definitely worth the short hike.

Happy Trails!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Kara permalink
    May 6, 2011

    Great read. :) I thought wookie was some euphemism I wasn’t familiar with, but you actually meant a wookie. =p By the way… you guys are looking THIN! You are going to need an entirely new wardobe when you get home.

  2. Brian permalink
    May 6, 2011

    I thought the same thing about the wookie until I saw the picture. That is truely bizarre but somehow awesome at the same time. I love the blog! Keep it up, you’re living the dream!

  3. Jay Davis permalink
    May 7, 2011

    What a Great way to spend Easter. You will never forget this day. Happy Trails!

  4. Liz Elden permalink
    May 12, 2011

    love the trail name, “The Conversation.” hilarious!

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