Big Lost Cove Cliffs
We got up early Sunday morning, still not decided on what to do. We finally decided to pick up the one trail we couldn't get to yesterday - Big Lost Cove Cliffs - and then hit the Parkway and take a slow ride back home. We had hiked Little Lost Cove Cliffs the day after Thanksgiving, so there was very little green on the mountains. Today, I was looking forward to a little different view of the highest point on the Blue Ridge Range and checking out another new hike. We managed to get up, brew some coffee (when we camp - we do it RIGHT with real drip coffee on the Coleman stove), ate some banana bread and packed up camp all within 2 hours. So, it was still fairly early when we hit the trailhead. The trail was 3.4 miles and once again was rated incorrectly on the trail map - this one was noted as "Easy" and was certainly more moderate. There were some rather steep areas and once again a huge downed tree that looked like a 12 person canoe! But we made it up to the pinnacle and WHAT A VIEW! We took some shots from the top of the cliffs and just soaked up the fresh breeze and warm sunlight, feasting on the blueberries picked fresh off the shrubs on the cliffs edge. Unfortunately, the time came to wrap up this hike, head back to the car and make our way towards home. One more stop at Chestoa View Trail on the Parkway and we wrapped up another wonderful weekend. While we look forward to the day we can continue hiking and wandering through the mountains we love full time, these short interludes are small gems strung along the path towards our future. And the future looks incredibly wonderful!