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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall comes to Fredericksburg

Last weekend, I accompanied my mom on a memorial walk for a friend in her walking club, the American Volksport Association.  The walk was in Fredericksburg, and although the drive down was rainy, the weather behaved for us, and the fall colors made a fine showing.

 Oh -- and there were zombies!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall at Huntley Meadows

A few weeks ago, watched the sun go down at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, VA.

And back to Huntley Meadows this past weekend where I enjoyed fall's reflections in its wetlands.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Foggy Harpers Ferry

Following a fun day of hiking, spa, dining and s'mores with my friend Lisa, I roamed around Harpers Ferry which was enshrouded in a layer of fog.  The colors of fall were starting to peek through but there was still a lot of green.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

sunset adventure hike

Last weekend I joined two hiking friends to scout out a possible sunset hike at Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest in Virginia. 

The four-mile round trip trek was a success, with views of the sun setting over the valley below.  

Heading back down from the ridge through the woods in the dark was a fun adventure.

And the evening ended with the not-yet-full moon, serene as it was rising in the sky.