Sat, Jun 19 2004 - Difficult Loop Day Hike (Old Rag Mtn) (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||David Raines, evgeniya arzamazova, KC Yi, Don MacKenzie, Dmitri Levitas, Ted Hellen, Clare Kelley|
Below us, an eagle flew, majestic and royal, gliding
effortlessly through the sky, laying claim to all that it surveyed,
the Shenandoah Valley. And among the clouds, we sat,
watching in amazement. We live life through little moments in
time, its mark etched ever so indelibly into our memories. But
memories can be a funny thing. We reminiscence when that
certain something tickles one of our senses.
When we see a large outcropping of rocks, our thoughts
immediately travel back to the rocky crevices we scrambled
through and over with care that day, ever mindful of the
distance between boulders and the distance below. The mere
thought causing our hearts to race a bit in
Whenever a cool breeze caresses our glistening skin, it
evokes reflection of that ever so chilly touch we felt when we
stopped for lunch on top of Old Rag, a thin sheen of effort
coating every inch of our body from the morning
The scent of moisture in the air stirs up an image of the wispy
fog that enshroud the mountain top, revealing teasing
glimpses of the panoramic valley.
When we hear a rattle, our pulses race and our muscles
tense as we remember the baby copperhead we accidentally
stepped on. The little creature, or 'agkistrodon contortrix
mokeson' as a non-MOC hiker so graciously spitted out,
shepherd off the trail more so for our and our fellow hikers'
safety than the protection of the little viper, whose rest we
And every time we wrap our hands around a can of ice cold
Diet Coke, it reminds us of the end of the hike, the flavor of the
sweet syrupy liquid enhanced by feelings of accomplishment,
an end of an adventure and a sense of
Life is remembered through a series of moments. It's safe to
say, we hiked one of those moments that day.
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