Finally - a send-off party for us as we leave Damascus
Ready to roll out of Damascus
"Yes honey, I'm fine. See you in a week."
Stalking Tortoise self-portrait in Damascus VA
Smoking Sox strolling through Damascus
Creeper Trail, Flat, Nice, Cool
Creeper Trail DCR Sign
How does this thing work...
Creeper Trail ... Backwards...
Detour... I think this saved us a half mile
Push for another 6 miles to make for a shorter Day 2
AT joins the Creeper Trail for 0.6 miles
Time to leave the Creeper Trail Again...
Creeper Trail Bridge
One of the Creeper Trail benches - perfect for resting those tired hiker legs.
Bridge on the Virginia Creeper Trail
Long Way Down
We made it - 15.8 miles on Day 1
Lost Mountain Shelter
Lost Mountain Shelter - 15.8 miles on Saturday
From the Lost Mountain Shelter
Timmy's Fire ... Good Fire...
View of the upcoming climb up Whitetop Mountain - 5080'
Old gnarled oak tree in the background
Approach to Buzzard Rock with bad weather rolling in.
On the descent from Whitetop Mountain
Looking southbound on the AT after the descent from Whitetop Mountain. Temperatures dropped below freezing and winds were gusting above 30 mph
Smoking Sox hiding out in a National Park Service bathroom to stay warm and dry
Elk Garden hiker kiosk and parking area
Shelter from the storm