Archive for July 6th, 2005

July 6, 2005

Long weekend fun

Made it to Grayson Highlands State Park, VA. Reaching there was a journey unbeatable. Thanks to MapQuest and its shortest distance or fastest calculations – we went on mud roads – trust me some of those roads were worst than Indian roads. It is a surprise they exist and mapquest actually picked them up! Mapquest results were 369 Miles, 6.5 hrs. Yahoo maps had given 374 miles, 8 hrs. Google refused to map it to the place!

Reached there on saturday early morning. Saturday was four short hikes totaling about 7 or 8 miles. Night was fun at the camp site. Ran into trouble with others also as this was a “family” campsite. As has become the norm, bathed in a waterfall. Aha refreshing!

Sunday was a rainy day, hence a rainy hike. We reached Mt. Rogers – the highest point in Virginia and were searching around for the peak. The hike was 4.5 miles and we had done it in under two hours. A good climb of more than 1500 feet – and everyone of us made it up there. An elderly gentleman pointed out that the marker we were looking for saying Mt. Rogers was at the same place where we spent 10 mins looking for it, just below our feet!

Totally soaked for the good part of the hike – we didnt feel tired. Monday was travel back to the city. A good 8 hr drive and a hearty heavy lunch. Driving via Virginia Tech, a beautiful place in the middle of the mountains – was peaceful.

All along, I had left my cell phone home. For two and half days, no cell phone, no email – just couldnt have asked for more!

Height of Mt. Rogers: 5729 Feet.
If headed there – it is a moderate hike, can be done in 5 hrs easily.
You are warned of extreme weather changes on the mountain, when you enter the trail. Had experienced that – within minutes/in fact seconds we had a lot of fog and rain. We could hear each other talk but visibility had come down drastically to less than 10 feet. Do be prepared! As for me, I did the trek in a t-shirt and shorts. The rain was not too cold!