Last week I had my last work trip for the foreseeable future, which is good because it feels like I have been out of town every week in the last two months. On Thursday morning we headed south to Lewisburg, WV. We wanted to hike through one of the proposed areas we are working to protect, but instead opted for a hike through the Big Draft Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, which was designated in 2009. This was the first wilderness bill I worked on when I started my job and the first time I have ever seen the “fruits of my labor.” It was soo great to see the brand new wilderness sign and know that I had something to do with getting the area protected.
The hike that we did was the Blue Bend Loop trail, it was a 5 mile loop that was strenuous at times as you climbed up to the top of a small “mountain” and then descended back down with some great views of the valley below. We kept commenting that the hike is probably gorgeous in the spring and fall with budding flowers and colorful leaves. We walked through mostly dead leaves and bare trees, but it was still great to get out into the forest.