Another cold night and crisp cool morning. We’ve been walking with spring in the perpetual peak of wildflower blooms. Cartwheel has been decorating Mama Bear’s braids with the pink rhododendron and red fire pink wildflowers to match her outfits.
The kids were very excited for our lunchtime rendezvous with some other kids whose parents found us through the blog in the convoluted flow of social media. We were met at a road crossing with pizzas and chocolate milk, then we all scrambled back across the cow pasture (complete with a cow straddling the trail), and the kids spent a few hours wading in the waterfalls, napping in the hammocks and playing hide and seek in the tall grass. They are now all fast friends who hope to cross paths again.
The day brought boulders to squeeze under, a granite spire called the Dragon’s Tooth to climb, and the most photographed spot on the trail: McAfee’s Knob, a rock diving board that juts out above a scenic Virginia valley. We watched the sunset from the top, then headed down to the campsite where the kids spent the night in bunk bed hammocks.
The day made me miss my real camera, which I’m hopeful will be repaired soon. I’m also struggling with the wordpress app that updated automatically when I connected to wifi. That has complicated my remote reports (WordPress will no longer let me downsize the photos prior to upload, which is overwhelming my paltry data connections, making posts impossible–suggestions welcomed). I think I’ve written the last two posts eight time; they keep getting shorter, less interesting and more bitter. Enough grousing: Stay tuned and we’ll try to get everything back on track before I give up on this new technology completely.
At least the hiking is still spectacular. And I don’t need an app for that.