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 of the leaves. Added new picture from 2/26/2017:

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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 in the front yard. It was definitely an elevation-dependent event… the bottom of the mountain had no snow!

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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 with this one. Here are a couple of pictures from Friday: Also, if you are still looking for a 2017 Calendar, I’m selling a railroad…

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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 mountain lions in Virginia and nearby states during 2016 thus far: Tabatha writes on 01/20/2016: I seen one in WV on Interstate 64w near White…

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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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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 the Appalachian Trail south of Front Royal. It took awhile to get out afterwards, but it was a great show. As my friend Luke says,…

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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. Here are a couple of videos from Sunday June 5, 2016. An early morning rain caused the 611 to slip her drivers on the wet…

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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 eat under some wood in the side yard. Then, it took a break and lay down right on the lawn.

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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 the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission, one of the key figures behind the Shenandoah National Park, and was instrumental in founding the state parks throughout…

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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 pick up and we ended up with a good 43 inch total for the season here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Here…

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