Capitol Limited

  This posting is a bit off track. Way off track since it’s actually a tale about Amtrak. In July, we attended a wedding in Chicago and thought it would be fun to venture by train. Learning that the Capitol Limited had overnight service from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. We checked out the schedule. It … More Capitol Limited

Oh, Canada.

June 12, 2016 Smith Roach Gap to Pinefield (Shenandoah National Park) (7 miles 4 hours) We’re continuing our hitchhiking exploits. A woman from British Columbia picked us up this morning, after a half hour of waiting and 6 passed vehicles. She left her home in May and had been traveling in the states ever since. … More Oh, Canada.

Burn, Baby Burn

June 11, 2016 Pinefield Gap to Doyle’s River (Shenandoah National Park) (9.5 miles 5 hours) We reached our end point shortly after nine and took our hitchhiking posts. No sooner than I flicked a tick off my leg, we were picked up by the first passing car by an Ohio couple, Tom and Melinda. They … More Burn, Baby Burn

Double Hitch  

June 10, 2016 Smith Roach Gap to South River (Shenandoah National Park) – 9.5 miles 4.5 hours. It was another beautiful summer day with clear blue skies. After a 3-hour drive we took our position on Skyline Drive at 9:40. Our hitchhiking has prompted a lot of thought on human nature and the state of our … More Double Hitch  

Two Days in May

May 24, 2016  Milam Gap to Big Meadows (Shenandoah National Park) (11 miles 5.5 hours) We left Frederick at 6:45 am and arrived at our end point at Milam’s Gap near mile 53 on the Skyline Drive at 9:40.This was the first of two back-to-back hiking days, and our first earnest attempt at hitchhiking. Since … More Two Days in May

Oh, Shenandoah

Now in our overnight trip mode, we planned a 2-day hike centered around the Skyland resort on Skyline Drive. We thought about hiring a shuttle-driver but our friend, Don, suggested another possibility. He said it was easy to stick out your thumb and hitch-hike. We decided to give it a try. Departing in one car at 6:45 we arrived … More Oh, Shenandoah

Into the Mist

Jenkins Gap to Elkswallow (Shenandoah National Park) May 11, 2016 (12 miles, 6.5 hours) After 3 hours of driving and shuttling cars, we began our hike at Jenkins Gap. A heavy fog swaddled Shenandoah this day and intermittent drizzle was our constant companion. It was so dreary, the federal government even left the fee collection stations vacant. Traffic was … More Into the Mist

The White Walkers

Freezeland Rd to CCC Road April 6, 2016 (10 miles, 5.5 hours) elevation gain: 2,300 feet This was another cold morning that started with frost on the windshield. It took 2 ½ hours to shuttle our cars and drive to our starting point on Freezeland Road. Hiking southbound the woods looked as cold as we … More The White Walkers


Freezeland Rd to VA Rt. 50 March 27, 2016 (10 miles, 5.5 hours) We were using the 2-car shuttle technique on this trip. Frost was on our windshields when we started the hour and a half ride to our end point at Virginia Route 50. By the time we got there the temperature was 50 … More Freezeland