Day 6 – A mellow day hanging out & website work

Yesterday was pretty mellow. I went to my friends Geri and Sing’s new house and had dinner in the evening. Because many had requested this, I created a rudimentary map of the locations I have visited on this trip. I spent quite a bit of time testing plugins and figuring out how they worked. In the end I opted for a basic map. It shows my last location and the white circles are stops along the way. I also added a counter showing how many days I’ve been on the road. You can see the map here or by clicking on the “my map” menu button. The counter can be found on the right hand side of all posts.

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Day 7 – Prince William Forrest Park

Day 7 Today I decided that I had enough of relaxing so I decided to go to Prince William Forest Park: http://www.nps.gov/prwi/index.htm The park is small and relatively flat. It was once the site of a mining operation for pyrite (fools gold). Throughout the hike you can see some of the remaining structures. In certain areas along Quantico creek you can see the golden speckles of pyrite in the sand. I tried to take a photo of it but it didn’t capture well. As I approached the trail head this was the first thing I saw. That quickly turned into an about face to get some repellant. Ticks like me. They like me a lot. So much in fact that on a trip to Guatemala I found one suckling on my eyelid. You can see a post about that here. I’m happy to report that I passed tonight’s tick inspection.…

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Day 8 – Great Falls Park

Today I got a late start and was not sure if I was going to make it out at all. From the forecast I knew it was going to rain and I thought this might be a good time to do some research and start plotting down my trajectory. Instead I visited Great Falls Park on the suggestion of Carolyn, a friend of Geri’s and Sing’s. I spent about 3 hours at the park and hiked somewhere around 5 miles. The park is small and has trails just for hikers and a bunch of multipurpose trails. Hikers, bikers and horse back riders all share some trails. The downside of multipurpose trails is picturesque things such as this: A short distance from the visitor parking lot you are immediately treated to wonderful display of natures grandeur. The Potomac river’s white water. This video shows two Herons on the rocks. They are…

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Day 9 – Logistics & Website work

Yesterday I took the time to start working the logistics for a multi-day hike in Shenandoah.  I also spent time noting points of interest and understanding my travel distances a little better. After that I expended a considerable amount of time working on the website. I had realized that some of the links to my photos were broken and I wanted to address that. I figured out what was wrong and they should all be working now (they were pointed to a target that was renamed). If anyone catches a broken link please let me know. I also took advantage of my friends washing machine and did a load since I was running low on clean hiking clothing. I cleaned up a bit around the apartment and during the evening had dinner with Sing. This will be my last post for the next few days as I will be out…

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Day 10 – Shenandoah Hike

I began writing this post from my tent in Shenandoah National Park but my battery quickly died out so I am completing it back at my base camp, Geri and Sing’s home. The park extends about 100 miles north to south  and has over 500 miles of hiking trails. Needless to say there will be a lot left behind to explore. The park is non-hiker friendly. By this I mean that you do not have to set off on a hike to see some breathtaking views. This shot is from just a few miles into the northern section of the park. Skyline drive is a road that extends the length of the entire park and has an abundance of overlooks such as this, 75 if I recall correctly. Video of the drive below   Day 1 – I stopped at the Dickey Ridge visitor center in the afternoon to register…

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