Jacob Swartz House
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What a lovely time we have had in our mountain cabin in the foothills of the Appalachians. We are in a secluded spot by the side of the Shenandoah River a short distance outside the town of Luray. It is hot and humid and all you can see from our balcony overlooking the river are wooded hills and all you can hear is the river and at night the cicadas. No ...
... and decided to stay in the Big Meadows Campground which is a National Park facility. It is a large camp with 221 sites, toilets, showers, laundry, camp store and each site has a table and fire pit - excellent value at $US20 a night. Our attempts at lighting a fire were not good - we put it down to wet wood as it poured with heavy rain all night - after all how could we be at fault? The camps are similarly run to Australian national parks with volunteer ...
... there. in any case, we headed out as soon as we could and made out way further south. We did intend to stop and check out Mount Vernon, but we were simply too tired to make another stop that day. Pounding the pavement in D.C. really brought down our stamina for future adventures. So, we decided to drive as far as we could that day and stop for the night when we got tired ...
... clouds in the sky, the late evening sunlight was beautiful. Looking north, we could see Skyline Drive snaking along the ridgeline through the park. After thirty minutes or so here, we backtracked to the last intersection and followed the AT as it switchbacked up to the top of Little Stony Man for even more phenomenal views. Our plan was to watch the sunset from here, but clouds on the horizon prevented us from seeing the ...
... same hiker we had seen at the summit. Bread and cheese and an apple never tasted so good. I ate ravenously.
Back out into the rain, the rocks were pretty much over, and we were on a packed dirt trail, meandering towards the fire road. After that, 2.5 miles to the upper parking lot, some of it along and intersecting with a lovely rushing stream/river, with a few pedestrian bridges where the water runs over the fire road. We did choose to "ford" ...