Phil and I have enjoyed a great weekend back on the trail. After twisting my ankle the second week of May, our hiking came to a grinding halt. Last weekend, I felt that we needed to test a few little hikes and work on getting some strength back in my ankle.
We ran over to Chimney Rock and hiked up Four Seasons Trail. It may be short, and it may be flat and easy, but it still a great little walk in the woods. Then, last Sunday, we hiked on the Mountains to the Sea Trail from near Wagon Road Gap to the top of Green Knob. That was about 2.8 miles round trip.
Yesterday, we ran over to Daniel Ridge Loop and hiked counter clockwise up the creek to Farlow Gap Trail Junction. Rather than completing the loop, we turned around and hiked back down the way we came. There were less roots and rocks to navigate for my ankle.
Today, we went up to the parkway and parked in the Ivestor Gap Trail parking lot. We hiked through the meadow and up Sam’s Knob. It was in the mid to upper 60’s and there was a light breeze. It was a nice little hike up and down. The Catawba Rhododendron was in bloom as well as Flame Azalea and Cockspur Hawthorn. It was good to be hiking again.