Posts tagged “Shenandoah National Park

Buck Hollow & the AT – Trails, Friends and Fun

Trail running is my passion. I love the time in the woods, being serenaded by nature and her magnificence, pushing my body as far as it can go, breathing in the joy and beauty of the trails. Over the past five months I have been lucky to find a group of like-minded, fun, funny, talented, inspirational and spirited trail runners to share many miles with. Spending the day on trail with friends was a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend. And seeing a bear just made the day complete! Running on trails is great…running with friends is fabulous.

Life is good.

on top of the world!

on top of the world! (photo by Toni Aurilio)

spring creek

spring creek

mountain sunrise

mountain sunrise

flower on the mountain

flower on the mountain

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top

birthday smile on a beautiful mountain top – thanks to Toni for the FUN birthday hat!


Appalachian Trail in February = Winter Wonderland

A snowy run on the Appalachian Trail from 522 south towards Mt. Marshall.

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

View from the climb towards Hogwallow Flats

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland

Pristine trails in a winter wonderland


Vicki’s Death March – Shenandoah National Park

While many people were out shopping with the mobs in malls, I was lucky enough to be on the top of the world with my running club. Black Friday was the 9th annual running of “Vicki’s Death March”, otherwise known as the  Shenandoah National Park’s “greatest hits” trail run. The run started in the Old Rag parking lot and went up White Oak Canyon to Hawksbill summit, following the AT to Skyland, Little Stony Man, Corbin Cabin, Nicholson Hollow and back to Old Rag. Lots of climbing, a fair amount of rocks, roots, leaf cover and even a little ice.  It was a gorgeous day, with a bright blue sky and warmish temperatures – a perfect day to play on trail.

Hawksbill Summit

Little Stony Man

White Oak Falls

White Oak Canyon