Today I was able to meet my good friend and coworker Burke for a hike in the Jefferson National Forest of Southwest Virginia. I met Burke at his home in Kingsport and we headed north into the coal country of Virginia. We bumped along some rough forest roads and got temporarily disoriented before finally arriving at the trailhead for the Devil's Fork Trail. Burke's wife was smart enough to realize that with the recent rains the water level would be a bit high, but Burke and I threw caution to the wind and set off on the trail with 12 creek crossings to find the infamous Devil's Bathtub.
The first crossing was a difficult test.
We continued on with more crossings
We scrambled along the side of the creek and found ourselves at a natural overlook of some cascades.
We admired the view for a minute or two and after quickly scouting the scene a very short distance upstream from the bathtub, we started to make our way back to Burke's jeep.
Yearly hiking mileage total for 2015: 4.7 miles