Penn’s Last Trek in Virginia?
Tomorrow night, my friend Ann and her two children move to their new home in Ohio. Late last night was when the departure finally hit me. Sure, I’ll talk to Ann on the phone regularly, but I’m going to lose one of my more reliable outing partners– six year old Penn.
This morning I silently lamented that we wouldn’t share one last hike together. I just didn’t think there was time. Then this afternoon, I received a text message from Ann:
Penn just said, i wish vicky could take me on a hike 🙂
Well, how could I resist that? Suddenly, I made time.
With just a little of daylight left, we explored the Ellett Valley Nature Trail in Blacksburg just off of Jennell Road. The trail is a one-mile loop and it doesn’t have any fancy schamcy stuff like waterfalls or overlooks. But it goes by a spring and an amazing variety of trees. Along the trail a number of signs are placed to educate visitors on ferns, bugs, invasive species, the power of ice and, oh yeah, how snakes are NOT the devil.
When our short journey was done, neither Penn and I felt short-changed. Our last outing together was fulfilling and fun.