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Adriana "Dancing Queen" Graf
City: Austin
State: Texas
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 8, 2019
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 11th, 2019
Start: Rockfish Gap
End: Beagle Gap
Daily Distance: 5.7
Trip Distance: 1,012.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 63
Journal Visits: 5,364
Guestbook Views: 220
Guestbook Entrys: 51

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Couldn't stay away

You won't believe what we did today. We hiked!!!! We let our bodies wake us up this morning and as we were getting ready and deciding what we were going to do today, I realized that what I wanted to do most of all was to go hiking. So I suggested that we go out and start at Rockfish Gap and shave off some miles off his first day tomorrow. Jon was game. He had managed to get completely organized and his backpack packed up yesterday. All we needed was to go to the outfitters and pick up a smaller fuel canister. (I had originally thought that if he needed today to finish getting organized that I would drive to Charlottesville and go visit the Andrew Jackson homestead and check out the downtown).

We drove to the trailhead and on the way to start hiking we stopped at the ranger station of Shenandoah and registered Jon's hike. We asked the ranger some questions and found out that one if the places he was planning to restock food was closed until May 14th so he was glad he had decided to pack five days worth of food.



We were going to do an in and out hike since we had to get back to the car but shortly after we started the hike we saw a paper posted on a tree that had a list of names of people who offer rides back and forth from Waynesboro into the park or vice versa so we picked one of the numbers and Tom "Southerner" agreed to pick us up at Beagle Gap and bring us back to our car. The hike was pleasant and it seemed like our bodies were happy to be moving in that familiar way to which they had become accustomed. I'm going to really need to figure out how to increase my activity level when I get back home. After this month, my 3x/week CrossFit and daily dog walks don't seem like they will be enough.



We completed the almost 6 miles by 12:30 and Tom showed up to get us like he said he would. Southerner shared with us his love for the area, the outdoors, and his commitment to helping the hikers. He described the house that he and his wife bought in what I believe is their retirement that sits atop a mountain not far from where we were. It seems to be in some alternate universe because apparently it never gets rain or snow so he's able to keep the windows open year-round. After getting dropped off at the car we stopped to pick up some popcorn at Kings popcorn truck that is right by the trailhead and is actually mentioned in Gutthook. We picked up the fuel at Rockfish outfitters and got Sam's hot dogs for lunch, a little hole in the wall in downtown Waynesboro. The rest of the afternoon we had wine and cheese while Jon worked out his 7 day plan. Jon was able to talk to both kids that evening and we also drove into Straunton for our last supper together. We higly recommend Mill Street Grill. A very extensive menu which we were a little worried about it first but the food was delicious. They take great pride using fresh local ingredients and providing a great variety. The place is huge and was packed with locals but our wait was only 25-minutes.

Towards the end of our meal however some weird interaction occurred between the four ladies in the booth across from us and the family that was sitting in the booth next to them. I had gone to the restroom and when I get got back there was yelling, the manager came over and of course Jon was completely clueless as to what was going on. But the four ladies were being completely inappropriate yelling obscenities at this poor family with small children... completely unacceptable. The family packed up and left. Yeesh.

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