Shenandoah National Park

Monday August 14, 2017

Gravel Spring Hut 13.4 miles

Total mileage 1233.5

I had a very nice stay at Mountain Home Cabbin last night. It was a supper cute place and the owners, Scott and Lisa were amazingly nice. They did my laundry for me and it came back smelling amazing. I don’t know what they washed it in but it smelt super. They also mailed out my packages and a card for me. Although it took me a long time to fall asleep. I was stressed about all I wanted to get done while I was there.

I planned out how much food I would carry through the Shenandoah National Park. There are waysides and campstores that sell food throughout the park so I wouldn’t have to carry as much food as I planned. I then packed up a supply box to send to the next place I would stay at in Waynesboro as well as one to send home.

I sent home my camp shoes, stove and arm warmers as well some extra food. I may miss all of those items but it is less weight to carry. When I started this morning it think my pack weighed under 20 pounds and it was a pretty comfortable carry.

I entered Shenandoah National Park this morning and got my permit for camping in the park. I saw 7 deer today. Three of them appeared to be running around playing and chasing each other. Some of them are so tame. They just watch you walk by. There were some awesome flat areas of trail and some view points but it was pretty yucky when I got to those areas so the pictures aren’t that great.

I also had a friend come and pick me up for lunch. SITSU was a hiker I met on Long Trail. He is a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and maintains a section of the AT. He is also an AT thru hiker. He is the one who encouraged me to do a flip flop hike and to go to the Flip Flop festival in Harper’s Ferry. The hiking community is full of amazing people and you build some amazing friendships out here. I always kind of laughed it off as hikers wrote about it in their blogs. But now that I have been out here and seen what it is like I can appreciate those friendships. Thanks again, SITSU for lunch!

Did you know that if costs $25 to drive on Skyline Drive? I was shocked!!!

When I looked at weather this morning it looked like I would have good weather all week, but it started to rain this afternoon and I have heard that I can expect afternoon showers all week. Bummer! 🙁

Today I am thankful for the trail community, an amazing group of people.

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