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Quakerland Forge
Begins: Jan 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Jun 17th, 2013

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Big Meadows Campground Ranger Station

Rock Spring Hut

I left Country View Motel early this morning and caught the shuttle to go back to the trail where I got off. It was partly cloudy all day and in the low 80s. I went over Saddleback Mountain, crossed South River, up Baldface Mountain, passed Lewis Mountain Campground, passed Bearfence Mountain Hut, up Bearfence Mountain, through Bootens Gap, over Hazeltop, through Milam Gap, passed by Tanners Ridge, Lewis Spring and Lewis Falls, passed Big Meadows Campground and David Spring, through Fishers Gap, by Franklin Cliffs and Spitler Knoll and came to Rock Spring Hut to stay for the night. The campground I stayed at a couple nights ago and those that I have passed along the way are huge - 200 sites or more. There are tent sites and camper sites all through them. I have been passing several hikers on the trail and the main subject is bear sightings. There seems to be a lot of bear sightings in the Shenandoah. I was walking by myself in a section of todays trail and noticed a man and woman standing on a hill looking down at something. As I approached, the woman motioned to me to be quiet and pointed down the hill to a doe and new born fawn. The doe was licking the fawn and the fawn was nursing. As I approached the couple watching them, the fawn saw my movement and looked up at me then went back to nursing. I was only 8 feet away from them. They are so tame and unafraid of you.

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The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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