Potomac Heritage Trail 2020-21
- One Week to Go! (3/7/2020) - In one week, I'll be on a plane headed for Washington, D.C. and the start of another thru-hike. This time it will be the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the fifth National Scenic Trail that I'll be tackling. As always, I'm freaking out a little. I'm not fully prepared yet – life always seems to get in the way of my hike-planning and packing.
- Day 1: Smith Point Terminus (3/13/2020) - I wasn't sure I'd make it to Smith Point today, one of the Potomac Heritage Trail's two southern terminuses. That's because over the last 24 hours, there has been a huge shift in nationwide concern and action over COVID-19. Suddenly schools are closing, major sports tournaments are off and all sorts of things.
- Day 2: Reedville to Heathsville (3/14/2020) - I thought today's hike from Reedville to Heathsville would be easy. I guess because it was a road walk on the bike trail. Boy, was I wrong! I guess I can't say it was a hard walk. It was all roads, after all. But here's the thing. The route was constantly going up and downhill, and a lot of the uphills were those sneaky, long-but-gradual climbs.
- Day 3: Heathsville to Montross (3/15/2020) - Drove to Heathsville this morning to drop my car. It's interesting – I'm not seeing anyone parking on the street in this area. So I gassed up at a station and asked the attendant about that. She said I could park my car there, so I did. And then I began walking.
- Day 4: Northern Neck Is Finished! (3/16/2020) - The Northern Neck is a done deed! The one nice thing about the PHT being a braided network of trails is that you can cross off these little sections at a time. The first section I tackled was Virginia's Northern Neck, and today I crossed it off the list.
- Day 5: Point Lookout to St. Mary’s City (3/17/2020) - Today I moved down to Point Lookout, the southernmost point on Maryland's Potomac Heritage Trail miles. The drive took about 90 minutes. I'd been trying for weeks to find someone to shuttle me between Point Lookout State Park and St. Mary's City with no luck. On impulse, I asked a young park ranger I spotted as I drove into the park if she knew of someone.
- Day 6: St. Mary’s City to Leonardtown (3/18/2020) - I was excited to start the day in St. Mary's City, which was Maryland's first state capital. It's also the site of Historic St. Mary's, a living history museum. After a quick breakfast of oatmeal with peanut butter (and coffee!) at my campsite, I was off.