Blackburn Trail Center, Round Hill, VA, July 21 – 22, 2022 — Ridgerunners travel on their stomachs just like armies do. We gathered at Blackburn earlier this week for the second time this season to prove the point.
The spacious kitchen with its tandem sinks and dishwashers naturally draws crowds, especially at dinner time. Wendy Willis, one of our split season Michaux State Forest ridgerunners, is more famous in one of her other lives. She owns a Mexican restaurant in Winchester, Va called Sexi-Mexi. Click here: https://burritobar.sexi-mexi.com/
This year she’s been feeding us at Blackburn to the point that her scrumptious cooking has become the raison d’etre for showing up. Rest assured, no one is late.
As we stood at rapt attention, Julia Child would have approved of how Wendy coached us through the tostada bar she conjured from a magic cooler full of delectable ingredients. The mob gathered salivating, ready to pounce. The secret red poblano sauce was worth holding hostage. Trust me, we took no prisoners.
As ridgerunners are apt to do, we talked long into the night on Blackburn’s enticing wrap-around porch brightened by the moon and a string of low wattage bulbs.
It ain’t over yet. It was bright-and-early o’clock, but my eyes were glued shut tightly as I snoozed away. The sound of sizzling veggies in an iron skillet popped my eyes open. It was fritatta’s under construction. I sprinted for the coffee pot. Count me in! Afterwards I could hardly stand up from the breakfast table. Yum!!!
So far it’s been an fantastic year. The hiker class of 2022 is awesome, the ridgerunners outstanding and the calendar pages turning too rapidly on what will be my final season in this role.
While the fritattas were in the oven, John Cram repaired/modified my poorly designed Zpacks ultralight pack. In another life, John is a sailor and sail maker. His expertise and magic sewing machine did the trick.
Stay tuned. It ain’t over yet.