It would be a major understatement to say that the 61 mile hike from Thornton Gap to Bears Den Hostel went better than the 80 miles Deep Woods and I did just last month...physically anyway. With the exception of the 9-1/2 mile ride I had remaining on the Roller Coaster on the last day, the … Continue reading Thornton Gap to Bears Den Hostel Complete!
The 80 miles from Rockfish Gap / I-64 up to Thornton Gap in the Shenandoah's are complete! Took a couple of attempts but we finally checked off the remaining 20 miles in the extreme southern end of the park. Loonie's sister came along with us for this one. It was perfect hiking weather...in complete contrast … Continue reading Southern Shenandoah’s (and more) Are Complete!
A quick update before we set off. Loonie and I are heading to the Shenandoahs soon, the plan being to complete the AT through the park as well as fill in the gap between there and Bears Den Hostel. We'll then jump up to Boiling Springs, PA and stroll back to Pine Grove Furnace SP. … Continue reading Pre-Shenandoah Update
Pics from this trip can be found here. Now, picking up where I left off... Day One: Simmons Gap to Pinefield Hut. 2.1 mi Once Loonie arrived at Bear Garden, we grabbed dinner and spent some time catching up on events back home. She had a long drive out to meet me so we hit … Continue reading May 2019 Shenandoah – AT Trip
Deep Woods and I finished our AT section hike from Damascus, VA to Bear Garden Hiker Hostel on VA 42 a couple of weeks ago and once again it was a fantastic hike. It got a bit hot during the final couple of days and we did have to weather out a storm one evening … Continue reading Spring 2019 AT Section Hike and Shenandoah Trip
It's taken me forever (like 6 weeks or so) to get around to the postscript of this Spring's trip. Crazy! I finally made it through the pics of the AT section hike and have updated the link on the Appalachian Trail page under "Old Droppings" accordingly. That will get you to the Google Photos album. … Continue reading Spring 2018 AT Section Hike – Some Final Thoughts
Made it through the pics from the Shenandoah AT section hike a couple of weeks ago and put an album of those up. You can find that here. In the process I discovered that the time was off on Loonie's T5i. By approx 13 hrs! That made going through them a challenge when trying to … Continue reading Shenandoah Album is up!
We started our zero day at Big Meadows off with breakfast at the lodge and then headed over to the campground to do laundry. That accomplished, we hiked up to the summit of Blackrock and then spent the rest of the afternoon stuffing everything we could do without for the rest of the hike into … Continue reading Shenandoah National Park AT Section Hike: Days 5 – 9
Loonie and I just wrapped up the AT southbound section hike in SNP (Shenandoah National Park) and it was great! This hike was unique in that we would spend alternating nights on the trail and in lodge rooms or cabins. SNP is one of the few places on the trail you can do this. Its … Continue reading Shenandoah National Park AT Section Hike: Days 1 – 4
The Ozark Trail section hike is coming up soon and I think we're all set. Just need to finish gathering up the food. We'll be covering the trail highlighted in yellow on the maps below. Roughly 21 miles. If the weather is in our favor we'll take it nice and slow so Loonie can try … Continue reading This Fall’s for Walkin’…