The start of the hike at Swift Run Gap.
Smoking Sox ready to hit the trail.
Sheep's Head making a last-minute adjustment on the edge of Skyline Drive.
Beginning the 920' climb up Saddleback Mountain.
Crisp autumn temperatures and bright blue skies.
The Bearfence Mountain Hut - home for the first night.
Smoking Sox and Sheep's Head unwind after a good 9-mile first day.
Sunrise over Bearfence Mountain
Shenandoah National Park is polluted with deer. Hunting is prohibited so the deer have no fear of humans.
A 4-point buck that walked right towards me on the trail.
This beautiful 8-point buck was rubbing his antlers on a 8" tree near the Black Rock vista.
Views from the Black Rock vista at the Big Meadows resort.
Looking westward at the Shenandoah valley.
Still some autumn colors down in the valley.
The Peak View cabin at the Skyland resort. Sometimes you have to leave the woods and spend a night in civilization. Beds, showers, flush toilets... nice!
No need to fire up the Pocket Rocket stove when the coffeemaker can boil the water for you.
The morning view from the dining room at the Skyland Resort.
Returning in July of 2010 to work on some of the skipped miles with Jenny and the Cookie Monster.
Jenny sniffing her way down the trail/
The Cookie Monster is a beast!
At the Gravel Springs Hut, Sheep's Head and Smoking Sox discuss how we got separated during today's hike.
Nothing like a campfire on a cool mountain evening.
Sunrise from the Gravel Springs Hut.
Views southward from South Marshall Mountain.
Valley views from South Marshall.
The views to the southwest from North Marshall mountain.
Self-portrait on North Marshall early on Monday morning.
Smoking Sox pouting as he leaves Shenandoah.
Stalking Tortoise preparing for the 1400' descent to Route 522.
The view to the northwest from Possums Rest at the bountary of SNP.
Picking up where I left off a couple of years ago.
A hazy view just before the peak of Hogback Mountain.
View from Little Hogback Overlook on Skyline Drive.
OK... now that I'm done, I have to climb Little Hogback and get back to the Elkwallow Wayside.