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May 28, 2010 - Bootens Gap to Skyland

Before I get started with today’s adventure, let me just say that yesterday was nothing special. We each had a few chores on our lists. We had planned to work in a lot of resting, but somehow the chores took more time than anticipated which resulted in not much resting. Oh well. We hurried out of the house early this morning. We had a long hike planned as well as a long drive to the trail. Thunderstorms were in the forecast for the afternoon, so we wanted to get as much hiking done as possible before the rains set in. In my haste, I forgot...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Oct 15, 2007 - Mathews Arm CG to Lewis Mountain CG

(Ron Writing) We left the Mathews Arm campground at about noon today and continued our journey south through Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive. We drove about 40 miles with many stops along the way to take in the beautiful views. Much of the drive was at higher elevations than the area around Mathews Arm. It seems like the higher elevations had significantly more color on the trees but we're still not at peak color. At the Crescent Rock Overlook we took a hike on the Appalachian Trail for about two miles. The trail runs through...

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Apr 7, 2007 - Shenandoah National Park

We drove one half of Skyline Drive today. The speed limit is 35 mph, so we were usually able to keep up. The route has lots of scenic overlooks of the Shenandoah valley. Another treat: the place is absolutely littered with deer. By the side of the road, in the fields by the road, in the road. They had 6 inches of snow the night before, and didn't even open the park until 1 pm. Once we arrived at Big Meadows to camp for the night, all the roads were clear. But it was still 20 degrees with a howling wind. Baxter was extra snuggly.

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Travels with Baxter

Dec 6, 2006 - Montpelier

In our continued pursuit of colonial history, we now travel west to Orange, VA, to the Montpelier mansion -- the home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, author of the Bill of Rights, and fourth President. Once here, we learn that in December, 2003, the Montpelier Foundation launched a complete restoration of the home to return it in size, structure, form, and furnishings to the home that James and Dolley Madison knew in the 1820's. After Madison's death, the duPonts bought and redesigned the home in 1901 increasing it from a...

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Oct 18, 2006 - Shenandoah NP

I went to a ranger-led walk in Big Meadows and heard (not learned) about various pants growing there that would have had to be pulled out before 1936, when the much bigger meadow was a pasture for cows. There were no deer in this NP in 1936 - they had to bring them in! The tour visited the remains of the Weakley family - Mrs. Weakley raised 11 of 12 children to adulthood and knew the value of lots of plants for medicine and even for keeping flies out of her house! Later, I walked part of the Rose River Falls trail to see the falls. I turned...

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Oct 16, 2006 - Skyline Drive

All day, I was singing John Denver's "Country Road" because I was in West Virginia yesterday. I walked next to, crossed over, and photographed the Shenandoah River. I guess I'm a mountain mama because I'm in the right place at the right time for enjoying mountains, colorful vistas, and animal life! The drive up the mountains and on part of the Skyline Drive with Miss Daisy was actually enjoyable! I couldn't stop and go as I like, but I will do that with Edna, and walk some trails off the overlooks while I'm at it. There are many trails...

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May 18, 2005 - Shenandoah National Park Part 1: Backcountry

(PS: We added a couple of pictures to the previous Greenbelt posting) Sam and I just finished an awesome seven days in the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park and are now sitting in the library in Harrisonburg, VA. We ended up making it only to Charlottesville (instead of Waynesboro) last Wednesday, then got to the the Blackrock parking area in Shenandoah at 2:30 or so last Thursday afternoon. And we didn't see the car again (or take a reputable shower) until yesterday (Wednesday). Overall, the hiking was excellent! We both carried...

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