Tragedy on the Trail

May 18, 2019

The Washington Post reports on a horrible murder on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia: Sanchez adopted the trail name “Stronghold.” And by early May, he had made it to southwestern Virginia — 545 miles into his odyssey. Then, sometime early on the morning of May 11, a man who had frightened others along the trail…

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Spruce Knob

November 14, 2018
Enjoying the Views on Spruce Knob

After packing up camp at Seneca Shadows Campground, we headed south to Spruce Knob in Monongahela National Forest. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4863 feet above sea level. You can drive virtually all the way to the top and then hike the scenic half mile Whispering Spruce Trail loop which…

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Seneca Shadows Campground

October 21, 2018
Seneca Rocks

This fall some friends of ours invited us to go camping at Seneca Shadows in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. This is definitely one of the most scenic campgrounds I’ve been to. I would definitely recommend the walk-in sites. The sites are not extremely private, but the views make the experience well worth it.…

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Compton Peak Fall View

November 12, 2017
View from Western Overlook at Compton Peak

We had some good friends visiting us over the November 4-5th weekend so we went up into Skyline Drive for a short hike (mile up and down) to Compton Peak. Fall color was still really nice the first weekend of November. We saw lots of chipmunks getting ready for winter (sorry no chipmunk pictures as…

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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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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 Drive mile post nine. Nevertheless I was pleased we didn’t have to carry anyone on the way back. We have a theory that it’s better…

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