Stalking Tortoise and Smoking Sox on a warm March afternoon in Pearisburg, VA.
Looking up at our destination on top of the ridge.
Crossing the Route 460 bridge over the New River
The Celanese acetate plant in Narrows, VA
First views from the top of the ridge
Sox takes the lead as we head towards tonight's shelter.
Views into West Virginia.
Views north along Rice Fields and westward into West Virginia.
West Virginia in the late afternoon sunlight.
We have arrived.
The Rice Field Shelter, already hidden from the setting sun. Our home Saturday night.
The Tortoise slowly cruising in towards the shelter.
The Rice Field Shelter privy.
Sunrise on Sunday morning from the Rice Field Shelter.
Signs of winter on the long 20-mile ridge.
Strong winds and cool temperatures made for a chilly morning hike.
Symms Gap Meadow.
One week before spring makes it a winter hike.
Pine Swamp Branch Shelter.
A tired Tortoise.
Rhododendron jungle along Stony Creek.
We never did find the zip-line over to the Captain's Place...
Sturdy high-water bridge over Stony Creek.
Baileys Gap Shelter.
A prankster installed (non-functional) outlets in both the Rice Field and Bailey Gap Shelters.
A southbound hiker took offense to the number of rocks that had migrated south from Pennsylvania to the Virginia mountains.
Crossing Salt Sulphur Turnpike.
Winter scenes from Wind Rock.
Three-log bridge just below the War Spur Shelter.