Pond Run (or… What Happened to Those New Backpackers)

It started off a little ominously. The morning was dreary, with a foggy overcast that threatened rain.   We had assembled a team of 6 new backpackers, one with a few trips under his belt, and three experienced leaders, including myself.  One of the crew lost a split ring off a cotter pin on his older…Read more Pond Run (or… What Happened to Those New Backpackers)

No Place I’d Rather Be…

Taken on day six of eleven along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, this was atop Stony Man Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.  Though I was tired, run-down, and smelled even worse than I looked - there's no place I'd rather be! This was posted in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - I'd…Read more No Place I’d Rather Be…

PATC Cabins in Shenandoah NP

I've hiked past them for years - rustic cabins perched high in mountain creek valleys.  I've always wondered, as I've passed, what they were like.  Doyles River, Pocosin, Range View, Corbin... each sits within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park, occupying the historic site of an older homestead, in many cases - but they're private,…Read more PATC Cabins in Shenandoah NP