|Chestnut Ridge Trail|
What a great day to get outside! With temps pushing 60 degrees, and tomorrow's forecast of 4-8 inches of snow and much colder temps, this was a great opportunity to get one more hike in on a beautiful, sunny day.
Today, I checked out a 4.6 mile hike at the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve. A beautiful area with numerous trails, culminating with a trek up Chestnut Ridge trail to a panoramic overlook.
|Scenic overlook looking Southwest|
A number of small streams begin in the area, coming up from the ground and running quite clean and clear as they head off into more developed areas of the towns below. I followed along Catlett's Branch, through this hollow and that, as I worked my way through the preserve.
|William Dawson grave-site today|
|Dawson grave-site (date unknown)|
I am becoming more accustomed to the individual and family cemeteries I come across. Today, it was a cemetery for William Dawson, born in 1802, and passing 51 years later. I can't find much pertaining to him, though did find this old photo of his grave-site to go along with mine.
|The author in his element!|
Keep hiking friends,