However, last Sunday morning she was right, and we went out for a walk of a mile or so on the Luray Hawksbill Greenway. We got back after and hour or so and I went to work writing - that came easy to me, so I finished earlier than I expected. I decided we might head up to Shenandoah National Park for a short hike.
We did take a little side trail for another tenth of a mile maybe. All totaled, 8 tenths of a mile or so, and then negligible altitude change. We did get to take in a wonderful view of Page Valley, with Lake Arrowhead in the foreground, and she had quite a few good sniffs along the AT.
One thing I've come to enjoy about stretches of the AT in the vicinity of Thornton Gap - that is the construction of the trails. Although the main tread areas can be well worn, often the masonry has held up very well, considering some of it was laid down in the 1930's by the CCC. You can see this along the right side of the trail in the photo above - nicely mitered edge to that border.
This was Tessie's fourth hike in Shenandoah National Park. It's fun to think about this as an actual shakedown for a longer day hike with something that could seriously be called a section - say 10 miles or so. I'll have to think about how we would provision it, and maybe we'll take something like that on in the fall.