On Sunday Morning, my friend Kristen, my new friend Ashleigh, and I ran about 16 miles on the Appalachian Trail from Route 325 to Swatara State Park. This was a "new to me" section and I was so excited to check it out!
**NOTE: Special thanks to Kristen for taking most of these pictues!
I think this is the longest section of the trail I have run without road crossings. You're really in the MIDDLE OF THE WOODS. There is also spotty cell reception. I was glad to be with two other people.
Even though it was cold, drizzly, and windy, we passed a lot of overnight hikers. It was comforting to pass so many people while deep in the woods.
This picture of Ashleigh shows how dreary and foggy it was...
There were quite a few rocky sections but I didn't twist my ankle!
Someone carved the AT sign on this cut down tree. So freaking cool.
There was a cool mailbox at Yellow Springs where hikers cold leave their names.
One of the best parts about running trail (besides the nature and the endorphins) is chatting for hours with your trail buddies. Kristen and I always have something to gab about, and after just meeting Ashleigh today, we had tons to talk about too.
Since it was so rainy and cold, the snakes were not out. But LOOK WHAT WAS OUT... a huge turkey! It was not afraid of us at all. It chilled on the trail with us and then even led us down the trail for a bit. Finally, it turned off the trail and into the woods. I wonder why it wasn't scared?
As we got closer to Swatara, we saw a construction sign on the trail! I guess they were working on a pipeline... We did see a construction site across the way.
With less than a mile to go, we came to this "bridge".
This section of the trail was very run-able. While it starts with a climb and there are rocky sections, it wasn't bad at all. I don't think I would recommend it to a beginner trail runner, but you don't have to be an expert or anything either. Anyone who regularly enjoys running trail would enjoy this.
My dad was supposed to come along too but he got sick. I am going to have to take him on this section sometime, just him and I. He would love it.