Mt. Rogers NRA Sierra Club Backpack (July 9-10,2016)
On July 9-10, 2016, I led a Sierra Club backpack, as has been the custom for the past several years, to the Highlands of Mt. Rogers National Recreation area, located just north of Damascus, Virginia. It’s a good drive from Knoxville but well worth it. Thousands of acres of scenic high country with open grassy meadows surrounded by conifer forests, wild ponies grazing in the meadows, blueberry bushes everywhere (not yet ripe), picture perfect campsites, it is as good a place to backpack as there is in the southern Appalachians. We had 12 hikers, Joe McCaleb, Hans Ahlstedt, Russ Gillenwater, Duane Simmons, Carol Abrew, Lynn Kszos, Sharon West, Lisa Sumter, Will Skelton, Art Glenn, Denise Bivens and Barbara Allen. And as is also becoming the custom, afterward we had a wonderful lunch at La Cucina Italian Kitchen in Doe Valley near Mountain City.
Jul 9, 2016