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3.5 days in the mountains - very pic heavy -
« on: June 01, 2013, 01:53:37 PM »

GF & I were lucky enough to spend three and a half days in the beautiful spring time mountains
here in Virginia over Memorial Day weekend.


We were up around/in the Shenandoah.


Here are the photos from my camera, I'll add in the photos from her camera
later.  Enjoy


Before we ever parked, we drove much "jeep trails".  Along the way, we saw
these fungus growing off a white pine, and stopped to take a few photos.





Not sure what kind they are.
<<edited to add>> Ganoderma lucidum aka: lingzhi mushroom, seems a dead ringer. Thank you SwampHanger for the info
Here's a size ref photo, that's a G19





We found a little area to pull off the path, and went exploring trails, and
run offs.  Everything was just amazing and beautiful!  And eventually we
came to "the spot".  Riverside it was, and hammocks were hung.  Words can't
really do justice to the beauty.  Here's were we stayed for 3.5 days





GF and her hammock are in the back, with mine in the foreground.  No rain
forecasted - so no tarps, as in our way - and we were rewarded with an amazing
dark star filled sky each night.


Every evening, we had a visitor also.  Here she is





As you can see, she got close.  I was a bit concerned, but she didn't pay us
much mind and did her thing, so we did likewise. 


Here are a few photos of campside











Yes, there were native brookies in the pools (including this one) No we did
not catch any though. 


As luck would have it, we hung hammocks mere feet from a birch with some chaga





And we took turns filtering water.  Here's GF filling the bottles.





And, as we were smack dab in the middle of healthy bear country, we hung
our bear bag.  Here's GF hoisting'er on up. 





On our many explorings, we had the need to cross the river we camped next to.
Here's GF taking the leap!



and of course while she took a seat waiting for me to make my way over, I took
another photo of her triumphant relaxing







And here are some of the plants and animals we encountered


There were many of these milipedes





Saw a few of these as well








One of these





Something hatched





What I believe is a two lined salamander





As mentioned above, there were plenty of healthy plants also.  Here's a
Jack in the Pulpit





Indian Cucumber was everywhere





Plenty of Prickly or Hairy lettuce





Also plent of Skunk Cabage, and Dock








Lots of Solomons Seal





And I wasn't sure weather the white flowers were Sweet Cicely, or deadly
poisonous helock/water hemlock.  The leaves, and tiny white flowers seems
Sweet Cicely though...  I left it all well enough alone as I just wasn't sure








Purple Trillium with it's flower dying off





Found a huge patch of May Apple in the woods on a mountain side.  If you
look, you'll see the "apple" hanging just off the far left branch





Wild Geranium





A few types of orchids,





& the beautiful Downy Rattlesnake Orchid





And lots of big patches of Squaw Root





Few more muchrooms.  This one was on a dead black birch





and this very cool looking bronze guy





As always...
Thoughts, comments, and questions are welcomed
And,
Thanks for letting us share


UW
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Re: 3.5 days in the mountains - very pic heavy -
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 02:08:39 PM »
Looks like a great trip! You got some beautiful photos of the plants, and it looks like you had a good spot to camp. Thanks for sharing with us!

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 02:12:10 PM »
Very enjoyable photo thread, and more wildlife than I usually see out. What a beautiful place!

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2013, 02:14:11 PM »
You are very welcome, and Thank you PtrfWood & MNTracker


It was an outstanding trip in every way - weather, location, critters, plants, company, etc...


We hated to leave, but will be going back


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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2013, 02:19:08 PM »
Wow...you two found your own little bit of paradise to play around in, looks like a great time, thanks U.W.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013, 02:23:48 PM »
You're very welcome Zammer!  We are in complete agreement, little spot of paradise it was.


We're both mighty happy and thankful about it, and will be making more trips
there throughout the year.


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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 02:27:01 PM »
Beautiful photos UW, thanks for the report :thumbsup:
But...
I sure as hell ain't sleeping in a separate hammock as my lady... NO WAY!!!
We usually just throw our bed rolls out by the fire. Or the tent if its raining or the Mosquitos are bad. Either way, I'm sleeping with my wife ;)
Plus, the beagles wouldn't like a hammock anyway :P
...they sleep in the sleeping bag with my wife...
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 02:37:55 PM »
You're welcome BearHunter, and thank you.


There wasn't much flat ground, non-rooty ground, or non-rocky/stony ground to speak of really.  All
other times, it is together we sleep, as we should.  For the camping though, hammocks are hard to beat
for many reasons.  Oddly, they are indeed two person hammocks made by yours truly, and each has held
us both on more one occasion.  For sleeping though, two in a hammock is not so comfortable, and mighty "bunched".
Everything tends to want to follow gravity and go to the low spot, so we each have our own hammocks.  We always
hang'em close enough to chat at each other, but with enough room to move around them.  It's really not so bad at all.


Having said that, we've spent some nights on the ground together also.


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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2013, 02:59:50 PM »
Beautiful area.  Nice having those up close experiences with wildlife.  Looked like a lot of fun.  Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2013, 03:01:07 PM »
Could you imagine 2 people and 2 beagles in one hammock :shrug:
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 03:23:11 PM »

Thanks for sharing your trip, and the pics, U.W.
:thumbsup:


These fungi/mushrooms look a lot like Sulpher shells/Chicken of the Woods.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laetiporus
Without closer inspection...
That is my guess, from here, anyway.
;)


Lots of medicinals & edibles too.
:)


Thanks for sharing your trip & pics. The pics reminds me of when I was living in Old Dominion & some of our trips in the mountains.
:)


Thnx again!
:)







I love being out in the woods!   I like this quote from Mors Kochanski - "The more you know, the less you carry". I believe in the same creed, & think  "Knowledge & honed skills" are the best things to carry with ya when you're out in the wilds. They're the ultimate "ultralight" gear! ;)

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2013, 03:24:34 PM »
Very cool pics Will, looks like a fine spot.

Props to you on your plant identification skills. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2013, 03:51:18 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2013, 03:51:50 PM »
That fungus bracket looks more like a type of Ganoderma. Great pics and love the hammock shots.

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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2013, 03:58:24 PM »
Thank you MnSportsman, and Mike


I suppose plant id (edible, medicinal, poisonous, carving, etc...) is a bit of a passion of mine.  I know just a very little, but absolutely love learning more and more.  There was no shortage of useful plants (edible and medicinal) up on those mountains.  I learned new ones and refreshed memories on some already known. 
I stayed in shorts the whole time, and came to learn that wasn't so smart, lol.  Not named in any photos were the acres upon acres of stinging nettle.  I kept the stinging sensation probably half the time we were up there.  Live and learn though, live and learn.  It was only a slight annoyance, and did not hamper our time one bit.  I found out when I got back that the yellow dock pictured is a good remedy for stinging nettle.
Think I'll wear long pants next time, just the same...


MnSportsman,
We initially thought the same of the big orange/yellow mushrooms growing on the white pine.  Checked in one of the books we brought along and it didn't seem "quite right" - not quite bunched up enough ya know.  So it came down to we just were not sure and decided to leave it alone.  If it is/was chicken - we could have ate off that for many meals!  I plan to get a book or two that deals with mushrooms/fungus specifically, but don't have one yet.
Mushrooms and fungus are a HUGE weak area of mine.  Morels, chaga, and puffballs are about the only three I know, unfortunately.  I will say that they cause me more than enough concern to not chance "trying it" until I am absolutely sure of what it is.
We wanted them to be sulfur shelf/chicken of the wood pretty darn bad too; boy did we ever - but just weren't "sure" it was, and that after referencing a brought along book that showed sulfur shelf/chicken of the woods.


Thank you again, both 


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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2013, 04:01:45 PM »
Thank you Zig and SwampHanger!


I'll check that reference SH.  I need to get a couple of books on them, and start learning more of them.
<edited to add> Ganoderma lucidum aka: lingzhi mushroom, seems a dead ringer for the big orange/yellow mushrooms we
found growing off the white pine. 

Thank You very much SwampHanger for the info! 

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« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2013, 06:25:47 PM »
Beautiful pictures.  Looks like a great trip.  Thanks for letting us have a look.

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« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2013, 06:48:20 PM »
Wow, looks like a great trip.  Stunning pics.
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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2013, 07:15:48 PM »
like we were there too, thanks for taking us along U.W.!
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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2013, 05:36:38 AM »
Thank you so much Crashdive123, Bryan, and BigHat!  It was a fantastic time that we enjoyed immensely; and are also so happy to share, and that everyone has enjoyed the photos of it.


Crashdive, I've long been a fan of your posts, and excellent photography in them.  They have been an inspiration of mine to learn more of cameras and photography.  Like the "wild" plant knowledge, I know only just a very little but love learning more and more - and putting said knowledge to use.


BigHat!!!  Your time to return draws nearer and nearer bro - We'll have to all get together for some more outings when you do finally get back.  We're all due for another, and you are overdue! 
Be safe man!


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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2013, 06:56:59 AM »
Wow is the word there is a paradise and thank you for sharing those amazing pictures can we ask more specific where you were ? >:D

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« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2013, 07:00:57 AM »
Wondering more about that pack hanging in your camp ? How much weight did you end up packing out for those 3 days ?
Thanks again for sharing !

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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2013, 07:08:00 AM »
Here are the photos from my GFs camera.  Be forewarned!  There are some of my ugly mug in there..


I suppose the early morning is a good starting place.  So, to start off, we had a light
breakfast gathered out of the yard.  In the photo below was mine.  Inidan, or Mock Strawberries, plantain,
and dandelion.  We each had a bowl
 



'Nother hammock shot - second & third mornings I turned my sleeping bag inside out, unzipped and
let it air out throughout the day, so the ridgeline was strung to air the bag on.





Each of the photos of our hammocks has one of us in it.  My sister told me it startled her when she looked
at the one above, because she'd not initially noticed my ugly mug - lol - and then it kind of "jumped" out
at her. 


Of course I took my turns filtering water also





And food fetching/hanging.  I like this way of hanging the bear bag.  It's free hanging - not tied or anchored
to anything.  Not a tree, not the ground, nothing.  Run your free end through a 'biner (attached to bag), hoist the 
bag to it's branch, tie a stopper (branch) into the free end, let the tied in branch go up (pulled up by the weight of
the bear bag coming down) until the branch hits the sm. carabiner - done.  You are left with nothing but a thin strand of
cord hanging down within reach.  Not my idea, but I like it, and use it.  A guy who goes by Crazysanman is who I learned
it from.





A few more shots of our daily early evening visitor.  I call the first one "devil deer"











Something laid eggs on a hank of GFs 550 cord





A few of the many butterflies we saw








While splitting wood for one of our many cook fires, I found a bunch of little black ants in
a piece of tulip tree wood.  Of course I was beyond excited!  and immediately ran straight to
the big pool just downstream of our hammocks to dump the ants in and feed the trout!  The trout
did indeed eat up the ants, and the wood was indeed used for the fire - a win - win





And here are a few of yours truly crossing the river.  Having always been a bit of a monkey (well
my mom says so anyway - lol ) I loved every second of it.


My jump





and another crossing a ways downstream









Again,


Thanks for letting us share, and we hope you enjoyed it


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« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2013, 07:38:11 AM »
Thank you Rowjr!
We were within ten/eleven miles of Dark Hollow Falls, in Page Co & Madison Co.


There are two packs in the photos of our camp.  Mine, a three year old Northface Crestone and the GFs, a new Kelty Coyote for women that we got an unbelievable deal on.  She loves her new pack!


We did actually weigh our packs prior to leaving.  Now the only scale I have is a fish scale that I use for weighing fish and checking/adjusting triggers.  It pegs out at 22lb. 


The GFs pack with food, no water - was quite a bit heavier - we speculate it was around 30-33 lbs.
My pack with food, etc... no water - was right at eighteen/nineteen lbs.  It was also weighed without my hawk in it, which would have added some weight - but the hawk was never packed, and only hand carried. 


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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2013, 10:26:47 AM »
Nice!!!  I sure would like to see this area.  thanks for sharin UW.

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« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2013, 11:08:58 AM »
More great pics UW, thanks :)

You shoulda had some of those trout for supper ;)
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« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2013, 12:01:13 PM »
Thanks for the feedback you all must of ate pretty light

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« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2013, 07:07:27 PM »
Thank you Sam!  This is the place I've been telling you about buddy, where I spent three days the time you were across the mountains for your own three day last fall.  We'll go man, no worries on that.  Had you not had family in town over the weekend, you'd have been there with us.


Thanks again BearHunter.  GF seems to have an eye for what will be a good picture, and the butterflies and wildlife seem to like her just fine to.  I am in full agreement with you on the catching and eating of trout; but for the area we were in, state law is catch & release only, and nothing but artificial baits.  Though it irked me a bit, it wasn't worth putting any kind of a dampener on our trip.  I left the pole at the truck and we had a great time of it!  There are other streams and rivers, and other days.


Rowjr,
We were not gluttons, but sure didn't go hungry by any means.  Two full meals a day, coffee, and snacks was what we brought and ate.  We also foraged some edibles that were available - which is one of the many good things about learning the plants.  We didn't weigh our food together, or separately, but it was indeed part of the total weight of each pack weighed Thursday night prior to us leaving early the next morning. 

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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2013, 07:25:58 PM »
Kinda been wondering where ya been...woulda  known you been out playing in the woods :) Glad you guys had a good time. Great photos!

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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2013, 01:30:05 PM »
Great trip U W.   Nice work on the photo documenting.  Enjoyed your report. 
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« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2013, 02:14:42 PM »
You're welcome, and Thank you UpTheCreek, and OutdoorEnvy!


You're calling it right Creek,
After over twenty years of not playing in the woods nearly as much as, or always how I would've liked, I am doing a little making up for it.  I have spent no small amount of time out & about in the wilds since November; and I'm loving every single dang second of it.


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« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2013, 03:37:21 PM »
Man I LOVE trip reports like these, full of pics and stories...thanks for sharing with us!!

That's some beautiful country you have there and AWESOME pics!!!

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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2013, 05:57:51 PM »
Yah!!!  Thank You Dano!  We are both tickled pink that you, and everyone else, are diggin this trip report so much.


You are most welcome! And we'll be sure to post up some future trips we do.


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« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2013, 07:12:33 PM »
Yah!!!  Thank You Dano!  We are both tickled pink that you, and everyone else, are diggin this trip report so much.


You are most welcome! And we'll be sure to post up some future trips we do.


u.w.

I really appreciate these-  I've not been able to REALLY get away for several years, but the last 3 have been really cramped for us.  Trip reports like these give me a chance to "come along" too, and I really enjoy them.

Actually, I can't remember EVER reading a report thread where there was too much.   For one who can't get out as much as I'd like, I say BRING 'EM!! LOL