This week's Sepia Saturday photo prompt of happy people enjoying an invigorating hike
made me want to shut down the computer, grab my hiking shoes, and get out into the fresh air. And then I thought, "Who are you kidding?" Instead I returned to the task at hand: finding a suitable photo.
My best photos appeared on my blog back in June 2012, but only one Sepia Saturday participant even saw it, so here it comes again, new and improved.
My great-aunt Velma Davis Woodring kept a scrapbook during her freshman year at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University).
Velma tells about a hike up the Massanutten one Saturday in October 1924. Probably the most recognizable physical feature of the Shenandoah Valley is Massanutten Mountain. My mother used to say it looks like an elephant’s head and trunk. I think so too.
Velma and her classmates were accompanied by the young college president, Samuel Duke.
Here is a transcription of her report along with the photos she took to remember that day. (I had to guess what Velma wrote in some places where the white ink has faded. Impressions in the paper helped.)
One Saturday about 250 girls went to the station at H.T.C. and went to the foot of the Massanutten Peak on the train. Here we all got off and started on our way up the mountain. About every five minutes, when climbing the mountain, we would stop and rest. We got to the top about one thirty. We stopped and ate our lunch and walked over to the peak as we wanted to.
|Velma on the right|
Her friend on the left identified as "Bill"
|Velma captioned this: Hikers|
Oh how I wish Velma had revealed how they amused themselves.
If you're feeling up to it, why not hike the trail over to Sepia Saturday to see where others might take you.