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Dolly Sods Wilderness


On Sunday we started with a nutritious breakfast:

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Then drove back into West Virginia to the Dolly Sods Wilderness. The last part of the trip was a steep drive up narrow Forest Service Road 19. The suspension in the Chevy needs some work, and FR19 is not paved. It felt like a wheel was going to fall off!

I set out to find the Lion's Head rock (which is a rock that looks like...a lion's head...), while Jess stayed behind to knit in the mountains. I started out on the Red Creek Trail.

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Trails in DSW aren't blazed, so you have to follow them as best you can. Sometimes it's easy:

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Sometimes you have to look for cairns:

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Unfortunately my pathfinding was off that day and I missed a crossing of a dry creek bed. I spent a lot of time going in the right direction (I did have a map and compass) but backtracking a lot trying to find the trail.

Eventually I did get back to it, and had to cross the Red Creek to get on the Big Stonecoal Trail.

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I made it almost the whole way across before stepping in up to above my ankle, and my boot filled with water. That must be a fun crossing in spring!

Unfortunately I had lost too much time being lost at the beginning, and made it up the steep climb to Rocky Point Trail without enough time to find the Lion's Head rock. I had to turn around and head back. So no pictures. Maybe next time!

On my second try at the Red Creek crossing, I only stepped in to below my ankle. But somehow my foot still got soaked. I figured out why after I crossed:

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According to my watch, the round trip was 7.77 miles, and the elevation gain was 4287 feet(!?) For comparison, my bike commute home from Shadyside to Squirrel Hill has an elevation gain of 247 feet.

Jess and I took the poor Chevy back up FR19 and onto FR75 to this scenic overlook:

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We didn't have time (or shocks) to drive all the way to Bear Rocks. So there's plenty left to do next time we visit!

We had a quiet late dinner in Harrisonburg (at a restaurant with actual silverware!). Then the next day we drove home to get the kids.
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Return to Harrisonburg


Jess and I left the kids with the grandparents and had a long weekend just the two of us. Lots of driving, meals and quality time together, and some alone time too. The remains of Hurricane Harvey made for a gray rainy day Saturday, but it didn't stop me from visiting my favorite Firewatch tower on Shenandoah Mountain. The fog adds some depth to forest pictures, which are hard to make interesting on a sunny day!

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See any fires?
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Yet more cell phone wildlife photography:
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Back to Harrisonburg for dinner:
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Back to School!


Carolyn started third grade, and Saffron started kindergarten!

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The Great American Eclipse


We planned ahead and bought some eclipse glasses on Amazon. But a week before the eclipse they emailed us and said not to use them. By then it was hard to find authentic ones, so Jess made pinhole viewers for everybody! Except Dorothy, who is way too stubborn to trust not to look at the sun, so she had to stay inside :(

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The eclipse showed up in the iPhone's lens flare:

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Why look at one eclipse through one pinhole when you can look at five?

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One with the DSLR:

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Camping with Carolyn Day 3


Carolyns' new favorite game is Rummikub:
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Three caterpillar friends:
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A walk through the woods (yes, barefoot):
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Bear was excited to visit Beartown Rocks, but four miles is too far for my bookworm eight-year-old. Even with shoes on.

Not pictured: on the way home, the new (2011) Malibu overheated. Out of coolant! Fortunately each of us had half a liter of water left in our bottles, which was enough to get us to the next gas station.


 

Camping with Carolyn Day 2


Carolyn slept in:
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We took a break from camping to go on a short canoe trip:
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Then after lunch we went to the beach!
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So, we didn't bring a bucket:
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If you are wondering how Clear Creek is deep enough to swim in:
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Camping with Carolyn Day 1


Carolyn and I went on a camping trip to Clear Creek.

I reserved the same campsite as last fall, with a view of the river:
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Toasting marshmallows:
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Carolyn helped set up the tent:
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Geese:
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Catching fireflies:
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The half moon was way too bright to see many stars:
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Niagara Falls


A quick detour to Niagara Falls, NY on the way home

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Clinton Visit Part 2


A visit to the Root Glen:
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The trails were too steep for Jess's recovering leg, but that's OK she always comes prepared:
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Sneaking in some mini golf while Dorothy naps:
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I suggested a modification to this sign and it was approved and implemented:
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Clinton Visit Part 1


We visited our friends in Clinton, NY. It's much nicer there in July than it is in January!

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Winding down with a hometown TV show:
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It's a small town, so of course there was a book sale:
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Boyce Mayview Park


It's become a tradition to visit Boyce Mayview Park one afternoon after KidzGiG, since I take the whole day off and am already in the South Hills. Some serious construction going on this time, so I had to find an alternate entrance:

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Chartier's Creek:

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Sneaking up on dragonflies with a cell phone camera is hard!

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The waterfall:

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Sneaking up on wild fidget spinners is easy:

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Carolyn turns eight


Birthday dinner at the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe
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Then (two days later) a visit to Dogs on the Run in East Palestine, OH
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Idlewild with cousins and friends


Saffron had pink eye :( So Carolyn and Dorothy got some very rare oldest-youngest time.

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Cousins!
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Friends!
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Summer Begins


Eating french fries:
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Going out for ice cream:
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Shucking corn:
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Plate-sized pancakes for dinner:
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Mini golf with friends:
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