Front Royal, VA and Shenandoah National Park

Day 68 – Wednesday, May 16

I’m in Front Royal, VA at the moment, but looking forward to leaving the state of Virginia behind and moving on to Harpers Ferry, WV by the weekend and the halfway point on the trail. I enjoyed Virginia, but I’m ready to move on. Virginia holds more A.T. miles than any other state at roughly 520 miles, so let’s just say you’re here for a while.

I guess I learned where all the wildlife on the A.T. can be found…in Shenandoah National Park. Even though most hikers get tired of hiking close to Skyline Drive and hearing the traffic of cars go by, seeing seven bears and a large number of deer was very cool! The trail through the park was fairly easy compared to what I’ve been experiencing which was a nice relief as well.  I did have several days of rain in a row which makes pulling out the camera difficult, but I still managed to get a few good photos off.

It was really hard to get photos of the bears.  By the time you get your camera out and turned on, most of the bears, once they see you, head back into the woods fairly quickly, especially the ones with small cubs. I’m not taking a zero here, so I’ve got to run and hit some miles on the trail this afternoon. Enjoy a few photos from the past week or so.



The Hungry Hiker a.k.a. “Philly Ben”

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4 Responses to Front Royal, VA and Shenandoah National Park

  1. Mike says:

    David, great pic’s. That is quite a burger Philly Ben is getting ready to attack. I can only assume the next day on the trail might tie in with “a bear in the woods” theme at some point. Looking at the trail map you are at the half-way point. Very impressive my friend! Safe travels!!!!

  2. u, Jim McDonald says:

    Having read everything thus far and witnessed, by photo, encounters of the bear kind, I conclude your next effort should be Everest.

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