Wednesday, April 15, 2015

welcoming spring

Finally.
Spring sprang and thus began the annual rituals of wandering around town in search of blooms.  
In search of virginia bluebells along the potomac river. 

 In search of cherry blossoms on the mall.
And fun capturing dancing water from newly refilled fountains, like at the world war II memorial.

These all with the "small" camera to give my crotchety back a break.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

White Oak Canyon -- goodbye winter??

A few weeks ago did a tough 8 mile trek, up the White Oak Canyon trail in Shenandoah, where the smaller falls were frozen, slogged through a snowy side trail, and down the steep, icy Cedar Run trail, where, notwithstanding microspikes and hiking poles, I fell twice.  Exhausting, but beautiful every which way I looked.







Tuesday, March 3, 2015

and more snow, at Great Falls, VA

The past two weekends I've hiked through Great Falls National Park, VA, and neighboring Riverbend park.  A late afternoon slush fest two weekends ago, and a very slick icy late morning last weekend.  With another 5-8 inches predicted for Thursday, I think there may be more snow to come!







Tuesday, February 17, 2015

finding snow at Catoctin

A few weeks ago I was a little starved for snow (not so much now) and was rewarded by the 8.5 mile loop at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, 1 hr 20 min outside of DC.  The snow depth ranged from just a few inches to almost a foot at different parts of the mountain.




With the latest winter storm in DC (fed govt closed today!) more opportunities for snow and ice pics. To be continued.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

happy new year!

Ringing in the new year with some pictures from earlier this year.  February in Greenbelt Park, right off the Beltway, was a nice close escape from the city.  Looking forward to 2015's explorations!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

in search of snow & ice

Recently, much of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park was closed due to ice.  Not much winter happening here in DC and this past weekend I was in search of some of that snow and ice in the mountains.  On this hike, at the northern-most part of Shenandoah, there were just little patches of ice in parts, but very little.  Still a very pleasant hike, with a nice view at the Dickey Ridge visitor center.  



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

atop shenandoah

Last month I headed out to Shenandoah National Park while the foliage was at peak.  
 I led a small group of hikers down the Big Meadows trail, and then up the Appalachian trail and the Hawksbill Summit trail (9 1/2 miles except for those who accidentally missed the turn-off; for them it was 12 miles!).

 At 4,050 feet, Hawksbill mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah.
 From the summit, had a nice, clear view of the ever-popular Old Rag mountain.