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Sunday, May 26, 2013

TC and I had a wonderful 6 days in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. What a place! I highly recommend it. We hiked a total of 41 miles from Monday-Thursday. Friday was cold, foggy and rainy so we didn't hike at all. It dropped 40 degrees overnight!

We got to meet and talk to several "thru hikers" on the Appalachian Trail, which runs over 100 miles in the park. It was humbling to talk to a young man who was averaging 30 miles a day! He had done 900 miles and had 1,100 to go.

Yesterday the park was full-up because of Memorial Day weekend, so we decided to stay in a hotel. Such luxury! TV, internet, and a looonnnnggg, hot shower. We still ate dinner in our trailer, which was parked in the hotel parking lot. Weird, huh?

Today we will continue to Sharpsburg, MD to join our group to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 4 States. I can't wait! Hiking in Shenandoah makes us confident we'll do well with this program.

Here are some pictures. There are TONS of waterfalls:





Laundry day!



The deer are amazingly tame. They were all over the campground. This one was grazing outside the visitor center and had a remote control tracking device!



Yes, this is a bear! There are strict rules about food storage in the park.



Bye for now!

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AJDOVER1 5/26/2013 1:39PM

    Wonderful pictures! I can't wait to see more. I love the wildlife and oh, those waterfalls!

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 5/26/2013 11:45AM

    Looks like fun!!! Oh, and you'll have such fun going to the other sections of the AT, too. What other states are you doing? On another note, I'm looking forward to meeting "our" PCT thru-hikers on the trail when they get up near the Tahoe area. It's always inspiring to meet them!

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MEADSBAY 5/26/2013 11:26AM

    Sounds sososososo awesome!
Remember to check each other for deer ticks every night.
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KENDRACARROLL 5/26/2013 11:02AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures!
Love the gypsy trailer :)
Hiking is my 'secret' to getting and staying grounded. (Litterally, hehe - boots on the ground!)

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NANCY- 5/26/2013 10:11AM

    Sounds like you soaked in some nature. I wish you good weather for the AT.
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BOOKAPHILE 5/26/2013 10:09AM

    Great photos, Nanette! We bought a trailer this year with the goal of visiting many of our National Parks. There is such beauty to see! I'll have to take notes on how you do it.

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 5/26/2013 9:35AM

    it has always been a dream of mine to hike the trail. I am here in the uk so this will always probably just stay a dream , I am so glad you had a great time !!

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WATERMELLEN 5/26/2013 9:11AM

    Great pics! You're having a terrific time!

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KANOE10 5/26/2013 8:32AM

    Beautiful place. I love the waterfalls.

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NANNABLACK 5/26/2013 8:29AM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/26/2013 7:03AM

    Wow, it's beautiful! Have a fantastic time = )

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AMARILYNH 5/26/2013 6:54AM

    Wow - I didn't know the Appalachian Trail ran thru the park!! I'm sending a link to your blog to DH's computer - I think you may have moved this park up on our bucket list (and it only MADE the list when I first heard of it from another hiking team member)!! Thanks for sharing!! And have a TON of fun on your Appalachian adventure - can't wait to hear all about it!!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/26/2013 6:49AM

    Great pictures. What a wonderful experience. I would love to do that.

Thank you for sharing!

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NUTRON3 5/26/2013 6:39AM

    Awesome!!!!

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RAPUNZEL53 5/26/2013 6:04AM

  Great Pictures!

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