Anna Bartlett

is a 2014 graduate of Southern University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She wrote this while an intern at the Adventist Review.

​Over the Devil’s Backbone

Thunk is not a sound I normally hear when driving my vehicle, but grinding gravel, thwacking limbs, and the thunk of boulders connecting with the underside of my Jeep were all part of the weekend I spent trail riding in the mountains of Virginia.

Trail riding involves a group of modified vehicles climbing their way over rivers and through the woods to the tops of mountains. Being a novice with an unmodified vehicle, I drove an easy trail, then hitched a ride with a veteran for the hardest trail of the trip—the Devil’s Backbone.

The Devil’s Backbone is called that because after you survive to the top of the mountain, you have to slither …

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