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2016-17 Snowfall Report

March 19, 2017
Cara made a snowman with the last of the snow on 3/18/2017.

Since I started keeping track of snowfall here in 2009-10, this was the least snowy winter I’ve measured. Nothing in December was followed by a series of small snowfalls in January and February. There was one promising snow storm in March, but even that underperformed versus forecasted totals. I doubt we’ll get any more snow…

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Skunk Cabbage

February 14, 2017
Skunk Cabbage Flowering

An early sign of spring, I spotted this skunk cabbage in a low area of the Appalachian Scenic Trail Corridor today in Linden, Virginia. You can see the flower inside…

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A Little More Snow

January 25, 2017
A Snowy Morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains

There was a period of snow this past Monday followed by a little more overnight to add up to another two inch snowfall this year. Here’s a shot Kristy took…

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Finally Some Snow

January 8, 2017
Norfolk Southern Train 211 Crosses the Blue Ridge at Linden Hill

Finally, we got a little bit of snow this season with 2 inches on Thursday night followed by 5/8ths of an inch on Saturday. Southeast Virginia got the larger totals…

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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…

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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

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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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting