Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 10th

Two notes of interest today.

1. Roan lost her umbilical stump today. Aw, already growing up so fast!

2. Exactly 3 years ago today we hiked Roan Mountain on the Appalachian Trail. It was a brutal but beautiful climb. We were rewarded at the top with gorgeous views. After dilly-dallying around the summit most of the afternoon we had a long exhausting hike down the mountain, and were again rewarded with a stay at the most magical shelter on the trail. Overmountain Shelter is a big old red barn that was converted to a shelter. They removed one entire wall of the barn that overlooks a gorgeous lush valley. We shared that night with dozens of other hikers, also nursing blisters and aches and pains, glad to have a cup of hot cocoa and a dry place to sleep. Next morning we were awakened to a sunrise that stretched orange and purple from one end of the sky to the other across the fog steeped valley. This picture just does not do it justice.

Here's a link to our journal entry from that day.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Arwen and Heather,
Congratulations on beautiful Roan. I was wondering how you named her. Now, I know! Clever! I bet Josefa is excited......grandma!

Your life will never be the same as before you had her! I'll e-mail again after my vacation. I am still in Virginia and DC and on my way to Georgia tomorrow.

I am happy and surprised for ya'll and take good care,
Love, Leslie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Roan is beautiful just like the mountain she was named after. Sounds like it was as much a test of will to get her here as it was to climb the mountain. But, as then, what a wonderful reward!! And, as then,
you two proved equal to the challenge. Love to all, Grandma Carolyn.