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A Summer Tradition

Every year on July 4th, a small contingent of the VHTRC gathers for the Browntown run. 

View from an overlook along the Bluff Trail in Shenandoah National Park

We all run some lovely trails together, stopping at a few overlooks for fantastic views and a few photos. Then the group breaks up.

Some run the traditional route and stop by the little country store in Browntown. Some eschew the road and store for pure trail, staying within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park. 

The breeze was strong and cool. We were reluctant to leave.

Some members of Team Gaylord

Me and Drew

The trails lead us through lots of blackberry bushes. Mmm!

Some are lucky enough to spy a black bear.

This year, our group spotted a luna moth.

Luna moth alongside the trail

At the end we gather, sit in a nice cool creek, share snacks, rehydrate and tell trail stories.

However you celebrated Independence Day, I hope it was with good friends.


  1. What a great way to celebrate!

  2. What fabulous views :) I woke up to a 10 mile trail run as well, but our trails in Missouri aren't quite that pretty!

  3. Gorgeous! What a fantastic way to spend the day, Kirsten!

  4. What a lovely tradition! I'm sure the mountain breezes made that mountaintop feel like heaven on earth! The views are gorgeous, and the photos even make me FEEL a little bit cooler!


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