- (picture above) A tiny tribute to someone who lives on the trail, and to the humor of someone who cared enough to post a sturdy, permanent trail sign at ankle height. If you can't read it, the sign says "Home Sweet Home".
- Wild Water Cress abundant in the pools upstream of the dam. I couldn't help feasting on the free salad.
- Wading through knee-deep leaves, a distraction along Sawtooth Ridge, courtesy of the two days of strong winds, leaves drifted into 'dunes' over the trail. This had its pluses and minuses: Plus - felt like a kid playing in a pile of raked leaves. Minus - hidden 'stumbling blocks' -- unseen rocks and roots.
- A feeling of belonging: though it's very early days, as I crossed the open pasture land with homes in view, and realized that people in these homes could look out their windows and watch me and other hikers slowly progressing over hill and dale going from hither to yon, each with a rich personal story to tell, I felt I had come here to fulfill something that was meant to be - something almost sacred to me. I'm sure I'll elaborate on this more in future posts.
With today's hike, I completed 'Virginia Section 28', so designated in the official trail guides. Section 29 awaits, and promises lots more spectacular scenery.