Fri, Oct 20 2006 - Camping Weekend in Shenandoah (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Carrie Graff, Cory Brodzinski, Jen A, Kimberly Engle, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chuck hildenbrand, Amy Pickwick, HADASSAH SCHER, Rachel Evans, Maria Maranto Dickey, John Ciezki, Tracey Wagner, Glenn Peddicord, KC Yi, Adam Miller, Colin Babb, Ian Wright, Parva Fattahi, James Petersen, Sharon White, Kristin Roberts, Christine Larsen, Paula Moran, Ryan Michela, Madeleine Levin, Sarah Tinney, Diana Cramp|
The weekend started like all trips that are outside the Beltway
and west on Route 66…..late, and miserable driving. All in all, I
think we did pretty well though. With all the accidents, blocked
lanes on 95 N and S, 270, and let's not forget good old 495, we
were only 45 minutes late on our departure time. I was happy.
Twenty-nine people was the magic number for this years trip.
More than either of the two previous years and I wasn’t sure if it
was going to come off. Did I buy enough food? Would people
like the hike? Oh well, too late now…we’re off!
Not too much to report on our way to Front Royal for our
traditional Mexican dinner at Jalisco’s. I am very happy to say
that they had our seating available upon arrival, and that they
were quick to serve us. The mood was festive and I think this
stop is a great way for people to start to get to know one another.
From the restaurant we headed toward our final destination,
Dundo campsite in the South District of the park. I made the
unfortunate mistake of copying directions off of Mapquest and
told everyone to make a right where it should have been a left.
Fortunately, no one seemed too stumped by it and made it
I have to admit, when I pulled into the campground and saw all
of the cars, I couldn’t believe they were all ours! We almost
didn’t have enough tent sites with all the cars…but we managed
to squeeze everyone in. It was a very cold night and thankfully,
KC and Colin had the signal fire going so once everyone pitched
their tents, we sat around for a good 2 hours drinking and telling
stories and staring into the very starry night.
The next morning, we awoke to a little frost, and the wild sound
of a bunch of Boy Scouts passing in between our massive tent
city to get water from the source that was just outside many of
our tent doors’. At this point, some of us decided to get up. KC
and his wonderful coffee pots were probably the biggest hit of
After a good breakfast of bacon, eggs, bagels and the like, we
got our gear and hit the train head. Our hike, Riprap Hollow,
was about 10 miles south of our campground and was about a
9.5 mile hike that wandered through a beautiful forest that
offered up great views and some wonderful waterfalls. We had 4
dogs on our trip, and believe me, they had a great time! The
weather and the fall didn’t disappoint this year. We had amazing
colors and bright blue skies. It must have been the perfect
weekend for our getaway! The hike was a little challenging with
some steep inclines, especially toward the end, but everyone did
an excellent job!
When we returned to camp, I got out snacks for the hungry hikers
and we started to delve into the wine and beer. Stories and
laughter soon followed, along with a hobo stew dinner complete
with vegetable, smoked sausage, and all the fixings.
The second night was as cold as the first, although some people
were sure that it was colder. We had a light rain, but the clouds
cleared as did most of the people. Many went home to get an
early start, but there were 9 of us who decided another hike was
in order for that day. We decided to do Doyle’s Run. The trail
could be accessed from our campground it is a beautiful 6.6 mile
hike that takes you straight down into the valley along a path that
crosses 4 amazing waterfalls, the tallest being 42 feet. The only
problem is, what goes down, must come back up…at least if one
wants to get back to their car. It’s a pretty steep climb, but the
views were well worth it!
On the way home, the remainder of the group stopped for lunch
in a town and just can’t remember the name of. I do know it was
a Ruby Tuesday’s though. It was a fantastic weekend and
thanks to everyone who came and made it a success!!!
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