Sat, Jun 3 2006 - Overnight Trip & Hike in Shenandoah NP (View Original Event Details)|
Joanne Milne, Alvin Liem
|Participants:||Alvin Liem, Joanne Milne, Saki Saki, Kathryn Bright, Kate Copanic, Rob, Amy Hatfield, Christina Galli, Kimberly Engle, Tracey Wagner, Sarah Tinney, Leo Seung, Katie Stofer, Chris Rose, Norma Broadwater, Maureen Wingfield, Duruhan Badraslioglu|
Alvin and I would like to thank all our campers for a
spectacular weekend! It began with a dreary, cold Saturday
minor confusion at the carpool. But after getting acquainted, we
into groups and headed off toward Old Rag! When we arrived,
had cleared and a beautiful day emerged, as we headed up the
As we struggled up the challenging mountain, our large group
separate into smaller groups of three and four hikers, each. We
re-grouped at the first overlook, and again at the summit for
lunch and some
group photos. At this point, one hiker emerged as the leader,
collect the other MOC hikers for the group lunch. This particular
demonstrated significant ability to scale tall boulders in a single
bound-to the amazement of the others. This same hiker was said
enough first aid gear to be prepared "for child birth," should it be
From that point on, we headed down the mountain and back on
fire road. We sat in the grassy parking lot eating snacks, playing
frisby, and telling tales, while other MOC hikers joined us.
In approaching the camp site, we drove south along Sky Line
Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park at sunset. As we
began to set up camp at our 4 reserved, confirmed, paid-for
camp sites, we
discovered to our dismay that one site was already occupied by
group. After working this out with the rangers, we prepared an
incredible dinner of gourmet burgers, and sausages with all the
fixings. As we
sat and enjoyed the beautiful evening, jokes were told amoung
found friends over drinks, and good food.
The next morning, we arose (entirely too early) to another
meal and quickly worked together to pack up camp by about 9
am. We visited
the Big Meadows Visitor Center and quickly parted ways for the
drive home. Four MOCers remained for a morning hike while
home and stopped several times to see the wild life and
All in all, a spectacular weekend! We thank you all for the
-Joanne and Alvin
The continuing story of Kate, Rob, Kim, and Tracy...
On our way back home we took a sight-seeing tour of the SNP
going north. We stopped at just about every outlook taking in the
sites, taking pictures, and becoming one with the wild life. Kim
was determined to get a picture of a bear so Kim and Tracy in
the back kept their eyes peeled for bears on each side of the
road. All of sudden Kim started yelling for me to stop. It turned
out Joanne and Alvin were not far behind us so they stopped
and got out, too. We got to see TWO black bears!!! One of them
was a little smaller so we think it was probably the baby. Very
cute, and pictures will be posted when I get them from Kim.
At another overlook we hit with Joanne and Alvin, we came upon
a family of deer. The mother deer kept getting closer and closer
to Rob who was taking pictures. Then, it looked the mom and
her baby were going to get inside Alvin's car, so Joanne went
over to close the door. That mother looked hungry. There was
another baby deer hiding in the grass. It got scared away when
some of us moved closer.
Once we got out of the SNP, we headed back the way we came
and stopped at several wineries to do an impromtu Virginia Wine
Tour. We stopped at Gadino, Farfelu, Gray Ghost, and Unicorn.
We probably bought more bottles than we can handle, but
they're worth it!
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