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First Excursion on the AT (w/ pics)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ok, well it did rain on our parade, but that didn't stop us from having a great time! Rain held off until about 10:30 pm Saturday night, which was great.

This was our first time hiking on the Appalachian Trail, started just outside the southern end of Shenandoah National Park. We hiked about 8.3 miles in about 4 hours, with a stop for a break/lunch around mile 5. We crossed over a few (east coast-sized) mountain, so there was a lot of ascending and descending, with very little flat trail. We camped at Calf Mountain Shelter with another overnight hiker. Turns out he lives in Norfolk, so we exchanged info so we can meet up for more hikes in the future.
The rain Saturday night to Sunday morning was pretty steady. I woke up around 5am and I was wet in my tent! Water had gotten between the tent floor and the tent footprint, leaving a nice little puddle. Thankfully, I was on my sleeping pad, but my sleeping bag did get wet from hanging off the side. We got up around 7:30, made some tea and some oatmeal and packed up our wet gear. We followed our new friend back up the trail to his car. He started about 3 miles up the trail from where we started and gave us a ride back to our car. We could have done the other 3 miles, but because it was an out and back trail, we'd already seen everything and we got to dodge a 1 mile uphill in the mud.
I definitely overate on Sunday. More than enough to replenish the calories I burned. Had a footlong sub for lunch (yes, the whole thing), frozen pizza for dinner and ate the rest of the trail mix as a snack. It was nice to finish the day out watching a movie and being lazy before the workweek.
Some pictures from our hike:


Us at an overlook with Waynesboro behind us (well, below the clouds!)


Giant oak tree in the middle of a skinny tree forest


Barred Owl that flew through our campsite


Lots of fog everywhere (and rain). This is from Beagle Gap


At the parking area after the hike (Yes, I know I look ridiculous in that giant poncho)
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GREGGWEISBROD 9/5/2013 4:43PM

    Oh man, the picture of the giant oak tree... wow... stunning. And yeah, that pic of you and your man with the mist of the rain in the background. That's freakin' magical, yo! Man the things we can experience when we just step outside our front door and go into the world. Love it.

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KICKINGKILOS 8/28/2013 7:05AM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing.

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CLPURNELL 8/22/2013 10:07PM

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MERRY_XMAS 8/21/2013 4:24PM

    Seems you enjoyed yourselves despite the rainy weather!

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STRIVERONE 8/20/2013 9:07PM

    I was raised about ten miles from where the AT passes through Webatuck, NY and spent a lot of time on it locally. It is certainly one of the country's treasures and one of the few that is available to all without charge.

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STFRENCH 8/20/2013 7:27PM

    Great pics - despite the rain! emoticon emoticon

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IRP1114 8/20/2013 1:21PM

    Love the pictures. You still look cute in the big poncho ; ) Glad you had a good time.

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SHMARA 8/20/2013 12:42PM

    Awesome pictures! Glad you made the best of the crummy weather. Love the owl, so cool!

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FOXYPHAEDRA 8/20/2013 12:17PM

    I'm glad you had fun despite the rain! It still looks beautiful, and that pic of the owl is ah-mazing. It sounds like the hiking you did was fairly strenuous, and you probably burned a LOT of calories! So really you probably ate the exact amount of calories your body needed!

Also, the pic of you in the poncho and both of you drenched is great. It will be one to show the grandkids. emoticon

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PJ2222 8/20/2013 10:18AM

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/20/2013 10:17AM

    How awesome! Doing the AT (or part of it) is something I dream of doing. Good for you.

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SHARONCAPPS 8/20/2013 10:14AM

  Sounds like a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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