Appalachian Trail, MD, Gathland to Weverton, January 1, 2020 — Do this math. It was the Gang of Four, minus one who had to work, plus three. If Mary was one of them, how many oranges did Mary have left if she ate two? Answer: 6.5 miles. Makes as much sense as most word problems.
The confusion doesn’t matter because these intrepid hikers braved the morning frost to mark the New Year in search of burgers and beer at the end of the rainbow.
Rest stop at the Ed Garvey Shelter
The trail between Gathland and Weverton Cliff is gentle and not very rocky by AT standards. Tina, who was on the nine-mile Black Friday march, was delighted both by the relative absence of rocks and by the gentle terrain.
The hike follows a wooded ridgeline that is semi exposed to the predominate northwesterly winds. At times the gusty breath of Mother Nature nibbled at exposed skin, but in return, the sun represented her comforting motherly hug. Layers and hats were on, and off, and on again for most of the day.
We were a merry band on our march. We wished “Happy New Year!” to everyone we met along the way. While the trail wasn’t crowded, the number of families enjoying a First Day hike was impressive.
Our second rest top was Weverton Cliff.
Weverton Cliff offers sweeping vistas of the Potomac River all the way to Harpers Ferry.
“Bulldog” is noted for finding and photographing natural art.
Weverton has LTE. Can you tell?
Glam shot of “Bad Ass.” She was once a television correspondent for a network you would recognize. She still looks the part.
It’s almost a military formation! The front two are military veterans leading the way. Note Sam’s “Air Force gloves.”
Railroad bridge closure notice at the trailhead. We’ll soon know soon how much longer repairs are expected to take.
We took the long way to burgers and beer, stopping to admire the view at Jefferson Rock.
Total trash collected and packed out: One gallon by volume.
All in all, the First Day was a good day.