May 20th 2008 2:42 pm
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Day 1 Sun May 11
This was my very first overnite camping trip with my dad. We were headed for Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia for a week of hiking and camping out in a tent. Dad and I both carried backpacks,although his was a bit heavier than mine!
We left Philadelphia under cover of darkness around 4:30 in the morning traveling in dad`s new Subaru Outback. We arrived in Shenandoah National Park,hereafter referred to as SNP,about 11:30 and began our hike from Simmons Gap. It was very windy and cool today. There was also dense fog in the mountains as we began our hike over Weaver mountain from Simmons Gap. Dad says that there is a feeling of serenity obtained from hiking in the fog! Dad has posted a video clip on my page of the fog as we hiked over Weaver mt. Descending Weaver mt we arrived at Pinefield hut,a small wood and stone shelter located a short way off of the Appalacian Trail. We had our lunch here to escape the cool gusty winds.
Shortly after leaving the hut,rain began as we hiked south on the Appalacian trail. The rain was heavy at times and there were some vivid flashes of lightning followed by loud rumbles of thunder. I was one scared pup,but dad comforted me and I found the courage to hike onward. Rain continued for a few hours then actually let up as we neared the Loft Mountain campground. The sun actually peeked out for a bit around 5 pm, but this respite was short lived and fog and mist soon returned. The fog became thicker and the mist steadier as evening came on and Dad set up camp in a pleasant clearing beside the Appalacian Trail near the Doyle River trail intersection.
Unusual cool weather for May---temps stayed in the upper 40`s or low 50`s all day. Woofs,where is global warming when a pup needs it!!!
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