McAfee’s Knob!

April 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm 7 comments

One of my high school classmates, Christina, lives in Germany now. From what I gather, she has met other expats through her blog and now they schedule dinners and other events to meet up and visit. I have never met anyone through my blog in person… until today!

I got to meet PassionPhish and MissesPhish from They just moved into Virginia and have not yet had a chance to hike any of the Virginia Appalachian Trail miles. So what better place to take them than the overlook that may very well be on our Virginia AT License plate?

Two bloggers at McAfee’s Knob – Me and PassionPhish

Sean had never been to McAfee’s Knob before so he came along as well. That means I got to expose three newcomers to the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. The dogs, on the other hand, are old pros. This was their fourth trip. But don’t admire Jimmie and Henry too much. On the way up the trail, we read about a man who hiked to McAfee’s Knob 300 times (200 of those occurred after his 85th[????] birthday).

We could not have gotten a better day for this outing. The weather was perfect and regardless if it is your first trip or your 300th, the views of the valley and Tinker Cliffs are stunning.

McAfee’s Knob in the foreground, Tinker Cliffs in the background

I was pretty into Tinker Cliffs today. A lot of my photos shared a common formula – something in the foreground and Tinker Cliffs in the background.

Tree Branches…and Tinker Cliffs

Mountain Pieris…and Tinker Cliffs

Pine Cones… and Tinker Cliffs

Jimmie…and Tinker Cliffs

I wasn’t able to come up with a new and creative McAfee Knob pose. But, we did contribute to the growing collection of people sitting on the edge:

PassionPhish on the edge

Me on the edge. Note how Henry stayed back. 🙂

Mother Nature seemed to going out of its way to make sure I don’t forget about Pieris floribunda. Catawba Mountain was absolutely covered with it. How did I not notice this plant before?!?

Mountain Andromeda/Mountain Pieris/Mountain Fetterbush on McAfee’s

Baby Fetterbush growing on the rocks

PassionPhish reported taking 144 photos. I took 212. As you may expect with such extensive coverage, we did get pictures of people taking pictures.

Jimmie watches MissesPhish take a photo. By the way, Tinker Cliffs is in the background. 🙂

MissesPhish takes a picture of PassionPhish

They snagged a shot of me taking pictures as well.

All the picture taking was certainly not a futile exercise. It was such a beautiful day, even a picture of a puddle that had bloated Goldfish Crackers floating in it came out looking pretty.

Flowers growing in a puddle… which also houses old Goldfish crackers.

Needlesstosay, this was a great outing, filled with fascination and fun. The first people I met in person through my blog could not have been nicer people. It was such a treat to spend the day with them!

Who’s next? 🙂

Additional Links
My McAfee Knob Pictures on Flickr
PassionPhish’s McAfee Knob Pictures on Flickr
PassionPhish’s Post on the Outing

Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Henry, Hiking, Jimmie, McAfee's Knob, Mountain Fetterbush, Photography, Sean, Tinker Cliffs.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Passionphish  |  April 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

    You and my wife are such better writers than I am. My post pales in comparison to yours! I love it. We had such a good time! Looking forward to Dragon’s Tooth!


  • 2. geekhiker  |  April 28, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    *raises hand* Next time you’re out in CA, stop on by, we’ll hike a mountain or valley or meadow or ‘sumthin. 🙂

  • 3. Lecture: Hiking with Dogs « TGAW  |  April 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    […] This weekend at McAfee’s Knob, we encountered a hiker with a female dog that was obviously struggling. Slow and stiff, she was not enjoying the ascent. […]

  • 4. Season Compare: McAfee’s Knob « TGAW  |  April 30, 2008 at 1:20 am

    […] was featured in my very first Season Compare post, so I wasn’t planning on doing another when I hiked there Sunday. But half way through the hike, PassionPhish said (paraphrased), “Do you know what my […]

  • 5. Aaron  |  May 2, 2008 at 6:53 am

    300 trips?

    How far round-trip is that hike?

    (I’m betting you’ll forget that plant name before next season.) 😉

  • 6. ideonexus  |  May 3, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    These pictures of people sitting on the edge of that cliff totally give me the willies. I keep thinking about Wile E Coyote and the Road Runner. Yikes.

  • 7. Happy Birthday, Jimmie Dog « TGAW  |  April 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

    […] McAfee’s Knob […]


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