Appalachian Trail - US 620 to Dragon's Tooth
Morning trail run/hike up to Dragon's Tooth. This is the less frequented way to the top of the Tooth, most opting to take the shorter route from the trail head off of Rt 311. This was a fairly steep hike and rocky in sections. The AT thru-hikers were in full swing, I saw about 12-13. I talked with one named Tin Man and heard of another, Grasshopper. I also learned that there are several Germans hiking the trail as a PBS documentary was shown last year in the country and inspired a number to hike the trail this year. The Tooth was gorgeous, I think it is one of the best vistas I've had the witness to see. Wildflowers were out in bloom as well. I've included some of my shots along with the classification.
2011 Blue Ridge Marathon
Here is my track of the 2nd running of the Blue Ridge Marathon. Unfortunately, the race was shut down due to thunderstorms as I approached the last few miles. I took some cover at the home of a friendly Roanoker and waited out the storm. After 34 minutes of waiting, the skies opened up and I finished the last few miles. The finish line timer was gone by the time I reached the finish line, but I still unofficially finished and was even given the finisher's medal.
Delaware Seashore State Park - Fresh Pond Trails
Trail run while on vacation in Bethany Beach. This area was okay, the trails are mostly converted dirt roads. There is a nice view of Beach Cove to the north.
Bethany Beach Nature Center - Trail
A nice little trail/boardwalk with several educational plaques.
James Farm Ecological Preserve - Hiking Trails
I was in the area for an early vacation. The beaches were cold, but the weather was perfect for hiking/running. The trails were well maintained and several boardwalk lookouts provided great views. I saw a wild turkey, an osprey, and a red-winged blackbird.
Holts Landing State Park - Hiking Trails
In Bethany Beach for an early vacation. The beach was cold, but the trails were just right. In most spots the trails were well maintained. However, there were a few issues. The map provided by the state park has a small looping trail in the northwest that was not found. There was also a footbridge out on the northern shore that could prove frustrating. It took a pretty good leap to avoid getting wet.
Assawoman Wildlife Area
At the beach for an early season vacation. Beaches were too cold, but the trails were just right for hiking/running. There were some really nice views in this wildlife area, including an observation tower that gets you some nice elevation over the flat terrain. There are a few trails to wander around as well.
Appalachian Trail - US 620 to US 621 (Brush Mtn Summit and Audie Murphy Monument)
This section of the AT takes you up and over Brush Mtn. There is a bit of WWII history on this mountain. The most decorated soldier of WWII was Audie Murphy, included in his awards were the Silver Star and Medal of Honor. He died in 1971 when his private plane crashed into this mountain. There is now a monument on the top of the mountain in his memory. It is no easy task to make it to the mountain. Eight miles round trip and 1500 feet of elevation gain, whether you start at Rte 620 or 621. I noticed that this section of AT was well-maintained and a little less rocky than some of the miles just to the north.