Tom hiked into the northern boundary entrance to Shanendoah National Park with Bill and me. The AT trail in the Park is one hundred plus miles following Skyline Drive as they both weave southward through the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a beautiful stretch of the AT with relatively “easy” hiking with lots of good rewards (nice views).
Just after we entered, the rains started. 5-7 inches in a one day forcast. Tom had already made arrangements to go back home to Cooperstown. Bill and I decided to take a “zero” day, so we called for a shuttle down to the town of Luray to stay at the Open Arms Hostel. Met an interesting guy, Eric Masterson, who was also staying the night at the hostel. Eric is an ornithologist who is following radiotagged Broad Winged hawks as they migrate from northeast United States down to South America. He’s following them by bike as he peddles the entire journey himself! You can follow him on his blog at ericmasterson.com
Later that night we camped at the Pass Mountain Hut with an interesting looking tree right in front of the campsite.
That night we tented, and the next morning as we parted our campsite, we met our second bear:
Apples and honey the next night to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
More hiking through pretty scenery. Next night I met three health care workers/hikers at the shelter. Trail names Trail Witch, Imagine and Funsize: they were respectively a Respiratory Therapist, a cardiac cath nurse and a neonatal nurse Specialist.
Next day was very foggy and misty along the mountain trails
Yesterday had a stop at Sawmill Overlook followed by a nice campfire at night.
Today was our last day in the Park. We summited Little Calf Mountain and on top there were three tractor seats cemented on posts right on the summit crest. I took a brief rest :
As we finished our hike down the mountain into the town of Waynesboro VA, we took a break alongside a fence. Bill is studying the map to plan our day tomorrow. A prize to the first person who can decifer what that word is before”eveything”.