Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hiking The Beautiful Shenandoah

Five days and counting until the kickoff for the Training Hike Season for Everest.  San Diego/Poway, California, Saturday April 6th. 

In preparation for same, and with an eye toward not embarrassing myself, I'm hiking like a madwoman.  Saturday my friend Don and I headed to the Shenandoah to see what we could find.  After many wrong turns (one of them a little scary), we got to the top of the White Oak Trail.  Snow everywhere!  The idea was to hike down the the trail head then go back up. 

I made it, but barely.  About 4 hours or so.  Easy first 1/2, but the "hike down then go back up" part was tricky -- the "up" was literally all up.  For about 2 hours.  Up, I said. 

The snow was difficult -- lots more slogging, being very careful about my footing.  Should have brought my crampons!  (Only half kidding.)  Anyway, here are some nice pics from a great hike.  The photo of the waterfall doesn't do it justice.  We were on a ledge well above the fall (I'm terrible at judging distance, but it was pretty high).  This shot was from that ledge looking down at the fall.  It was magnificent!

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