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North Marshall Hike

November 3, 2016
View from Cliffs at North Marshall (Shenandoah National Park)

Since Front Royal and Skyline Drive gets quite crowded on the weekends this time of year, I took off work early yesterday afternoon to join my family for a little trip. Fall color is still very nice near Front Royal but as you go up in elevation you find trees past peak and brown. I…

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January – September 2016 Mountain Lions in Virginia News & Reports

October 2, 2016
Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park above their backyard

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been wanting to do these more frequently, but I finally had time for an update. Here are the reports I’ve seen of…

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Lands Run Gap Fire Road Hike

September 5, 2016
Black Bear Seen From the Lands Run Fire Road

We took a family hike today down to see the Lands Run Falls in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about a half mile down from the parking lot near Skyline…

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Black Bear Cub

July 6, 2016
Black Bear Cub

Yesterday, we spotted this cub outside a window.

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2016
Happy Independence Day!

The weather today in Virginia isn’t the best so I’m glad we decided to go to the fireworks on July 2nd at the Northern Virginia 4-H in Harmony Hollow near…

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N&W #611 Returns!

June 17, 2016
611at_sun

The 1950 Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive #611 made a return appearance this year again crossing the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Corridor at Manassas Gap near Linden, Virginia.…

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Black Bear in the Front Yard

May 19, 2016
Black Bear Lying Down

We’ve seen a couple black bears earlier this year, but this was the first one I was able to get pictures of. It appeared to be looking for bugs/grubs/etc to…

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Orchid Season

May 6, 2016
Yellow Lady's Slipper Closeup

Here are a few pics of yellow lady’s slippers and showy orchis from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia.

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Warren County’s Carson Trail

April 29, 2016
Bench Along the Carson Trail Overlooking the Shenandoah River

There’s a fairly new trail in Warren County, Virginia named after William E. Carson. Warrencountyva.net explains: The park was the inspiration of Mr. Carson, who was the first director of…

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2015-16 Snow Report

April 24, 2016
Norfolk Southern Train 12R passes through the snow on January 26, 2016

This past season got off to a slow start with only a trace of snow in December. The first measurable snowfall did not occur until January 12th. The snowfall did…

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Spring Tricycle Ride

April 15, 2016
Tricycle Ride

During my oldest daughter’s soccer practice, my youngest daughter took a tricycle ride (I walked) along the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal along the South Fork of the Shenandoah…

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April Snow

April 3, 2016
April 3, 2016 Snow in Virginia

After a windy overnight, I was pleased to wake up to the power still on and a little bit of snow outside! I measured 5/8ths inches on the deck. Location…

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First Day of Spring

March 20, 2016
The First Day of Spring

Yesterday, we picked up 4.25″ of snow here in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden. Here’s a picture from yesterday evening and a couple from this morning.

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting