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St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:36:04 AM »
Went hiking/camping this weekend with a friend. We traveled 4 hours to the St. Mary's Wilderness Area in George Washington National Forest. It's located near Montebello, Virginia.
 
 We showed up late and had to hike in with the sun going down, here's some shots of the way in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 the 2 mile downhill start was a little difficult scrambling, so we went slow and had to do some night hiking.
 
 
 
 got to camp and made a fire. then we just relaxed, had some adult beverage and some peanut m&m's. slept the night out in our bivy's.
 
 
 
 woke up around 7 in the morning. low overnight was 36. we made a fire and had oatmeal and coffee
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 


 

after a lunch of chicken and noodles with sauce we headed out to go look at St. Mary's Falls
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 here's a couple of photos of the aftermath of the fire.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 and the falls themselves
 
 

for some ungodly reason we decided to scramble over a mountain to head back to our campsite
 
 
 
 

 
 
 back on the trail
 
 
 
 anyone know what plant this is?
 
 
 got back to camp and enjoyed a quiet dinner of rice with beans, mushrooms, and beef. Then had some peanut m&m's for dessert
 
 
 

 
 

 half pyramid shelter setup. there were some cloud cover and distant thunder, so we setup under a tarp.
 
 

in the morning we had a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee again. after that we broke camp and headed out.
 
 
 
 
 there was a deer off the side of the trail
 
 
 
 pics of the trail on the way out
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

and the last of the pics on the way out
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 we got back to the car just as it was starting to rain. all in all a great weekend.
 
 
 thanks for looking
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 11:45:05 AM »
Great trip.  Thanks for all the pics.  I had to laugh seeing the scramble up the talus.  LOL.  I immediately not only could see me deciding to do something like that, but flashbacked to a few times I did.

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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 12:57:16 PM »
Great pictures and nice trip report.  Looks like a good weekend.

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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 01:30:46 PM »
Thanks for the trip report and the great photos! :thumbsup:   I have no idea what that plant is.....never saw it before. :shrug:      Looks like Spring has sprung with all the rivulets and streams running......can't wait for it to happen here.  We just got a foot of wet snow last week, but it is nearly gone already......that's the beauty of a snow-event in late March.  Might be a good year for the morel crop, too.....hope so. :drool:
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 03:53:09 PM »
I am not used to seeing areas with that kind of thick cover.  Great photos.  A couple of those pictures remind me of northern Oklahoma of all places.  ????. 
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 07:50:31 PM »
Pretty country, nice trip report and photos. Looks a lot like home. Looks like there might be some decent swimmin' holes there, too.
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 06:38:30 AM »
Good trip BH!  Looked enjoyable and the falls were really cool.  I always like trips with a scenic destination of sorts.   Nice share and pics!
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 07:24:35 AM »
thanks guys. it was a good time out
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2016, 06:13:49 AM »
thanks, from a fellow that grew up next to the George Washington NF down around Wytheville.   :)

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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2016, 04:39:58 PM »
anyone know what plant this is?
 
Those look similar to the seedlings of the Incense Cedar we have out here in Cali, I would guess something in the Cupressaceae family.
Chamaecyparis thyoides maybe?
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2016, 05:55:11 PM »
I believe it's a type of Lycopodium.  Ground cedar or running cedar.  Closely related to mosses and ferns.
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2016, 08:11:25 PM »
We don't have anything that even slightly resembles that around here. :shrug:
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Re: St. Mary's Wilderness, Virginia: a pic heavy trip report
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2016, 11:27:47 AM »
Beautiful place and some great pics. Nice waterfall! Thanks for taking us along.


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