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02/25/2007 11:38:19 PM · #1
i live so close but was working this weekend... :-(
02/25/2007 11:27:07 PM · #2
Oh, and for anyone who's been on that trail before... no stick figures were harmed during the hike.
02/25/2007 11:05:01 PM · #3
Thanks to Mary and Lance for coming out... it was great to meet you, and I think we got to see something that not many people get to see. Since Lance posted a picture of me breaking a rule, here's a picture of him looking at ice.
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02/24/2007 09:46:53 PM · #4
Nothing?! I have a few I like, but haven't really gotten around to processing them yet.

Only saw 2 deer on the way out and they promptly disappeared when they saw my car. In retrospect I should have snapped photos of the ones who brazenly blocked the road on the way in, but oh, well.

Not feeling achy and am hoping not to. Rather proud of myself for that, actually, since most of my hikes aren't so vertical.
02/24/2007 09:12:01 PM · #5
Oh yeah, remember that conversation we had about not "really" knowing what you have till you get home.

Well, I got nothing! ;-)

However, the aches in my body are telling me "it's about time I got some exercise. ;-)

Message edited by author 2007-02-24 21:20:14.
02/24/2007 08:02:22 PM · #6
Originally posted by tooohip:

Hey sorry you guys didn't make it. Steven, Mary and myself had a nice hike down to the falls and got a few shots today. It was a pleasure meeting you two today.


Nice to meet you, too. Just as glad no one fell in the water or broke anything, despite the entertaining photos it would have provided ;-)
02/24/2007 05:40:53 PM · #7
Hey sorry you guys didn't make it. Steven, Mary and myself had a nice hike down to the falls and got a few shots today. It was a pleasure meeting you two today.

Here's Steven ;-)
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02/24/2007 10:19:04 AM · #8
damn! I missed this thread too. I woulda joined y'all. It's gotten warm the last few days though, so I dunno... Got some great ice shots on the Blue Ridge Parkway around Buchanan last week though.
02/24/2007 09:32:57 AM · #9
D'OH! I can't believe I just now saw this thread (9:30am on the day of) ... I read the forums every day but haven't come in the Out & About forum in a long time. I would have joined you all. Maybe next time...
02/24/2007 07:18:35 AM · #10
Alrighty then... Should see ya'll there. I'll look for a bunch of goofy photogs. ;-)
02/24/2007 07:11:59 AM · #11
10:00am today is the plan... I'm getting ready to go as we speak.
02/23/2007 10:10:00 PM · #12
Originally posted by MaryO:

Originally posted by tooohip:

Does that mean a date was set that I missed somewhere?


Well, one of us is confused ;-) On the 13th ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' mcrochip said we were aiming for the 24th, and then later he said around 10:00 am at Dark Hollow Falls, so I've been assuming that was the plan. Maybe a confirmation would be good?


Ah yes, I see that now, thanks. I think I'll try and be out there at 10 am then as well. Will confirm again here before hitting the road in the morning.
02/23/2007 10:04:20 PM · #13
Originally posted by tooohip:

Does that mean a date was set that I missed somewhere?


Well, one of us is confused ;-) On the 13th ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' mcrochip said we were aiming for the 24th, and then later he said around 10:00 am at Dark Hollow Falls, so I've been assuming that was the plan. Maybe a confirmation would be good?
02/23/2007 08:51:02 PM · #14
The hotline says that Skyline Drive is closed from mile post 55.5 to m.p. 105. (Just called them). You'll have to check the map but I think that the open portion would include Dark Hollow Falls. Y'all be careful clambering around on icy rocks!
02/23/2007 06:55:04 PM · #15
Originally posted by MaryO:

I am still planning on going; will check the park hotline before I leave in the morning to make sure Skyline Drive is open. I don't have a hiking-type tripod (read: mine's really heavy) so I will have to either borrow one or do without. I will put a reasonably fast lens on the camera so I may be OK handheld. Not expecting a lot of wildlife so I'm preparing for scenery shots ... though I may drag along the long zoom just in case something appears and stays put while I change lenses ;-)

Heading out now but will check this thread later to see if there are any last-minute changes.


Does that mean a date was set that I missed somewhere?
02/23/2007 06:50:58 PM · #16
I am still planning on going; will check the park hotline before I leave in the morning to make sure Skyline Drive is open. I don't have a hiking-type tripod (read: mine's really heavy) so I will have to either borrow one or do without. I will put a reasonably fast lens on the camera so I may be OK handheld. Not expecting a lot of wildlife so I'm preparing for scenery shots ... though I may drag along the long zoom just in case something appears and stays put while I change lenses ;-)

Heading out now but will check this thread later to see if there are any last-minute changes.
02/21/2007 06:02:45 PM · #17
The Dark Hollow Falls is the one we did last year, and I feel comfortable with that one. If some people are up for it, we can check out Rose River Falls (about 1 mile away) afterwards... especially if there's snow melt, as that falls' description suggests that it would be very cool to see with extra water - and even more so if it's partially frozen.


02/20/2007 10:54:55 PM · #18
hey... let me know when you guys are going... i'm working on 2/24 :-( but otherwise am up for it. i live about 25 miles from the south entrance of the park. i've done most of the waterfall hikes in the park. a few pictures can be seen here (don't make fun of some of the pics, especially whiteoak... i'm working on getting better ones)

DHF is one of the easiest to get to. south river falls (mile marker 62.8) is a mid-level hike, but may be the best bang-for-your-buck since it's an impressive 83 foot falls (although this wouldn't give you a good up close view of the ice). more (basic) info at wikipedia.
02/20/2007 10:42:26 PM · #19
I'm still planning to do this because I really want to see the frozen waterfalls... hopefully they'll still be frozen (but it's Shenandoah, so it's chilly). DHF was the trail I was thinking about, and I think I mentioned that although I have gotten the name wrong. I figure on arriving around 10am I suppose.

02/20/2007 09:07:06 AM · #20
Hi all you Shenandoah hiker/photographers! We did have a GTG there in May 2006. Went to Dark Hollow Falls. With gear, it was a little more challenging than the "short hike" might indicate. :-)

Here's a link to the GTG thread from last year: DPCers in Virginia

Some photo's still in there (although many have been deleted from portfolios it looks like).

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ISBN of booklet for above info is: 0-931606-20-9
Booklet titled "Hikes to Waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park" put out by the National Park Service.

Still have images in my portfolio from this outing here => Shenandoah GTG May 2006 :P
02/20/2007 08:20:18 AM · #21
So-o-o-o ... are we on? I just checked the weather forecast for Front Royal and it's supposed to be in or near the 50's for the next few days, then down to mid-40's for Friday and Saturday. Lows still mostly in the 20's. Could be a bit colder up on the ridges and it's almost always windier, so hard to say what the waterfalls will be doing.
02/14/2007 06:23:37 PM · #22
If we are on, I'm in.
02/14/2007 10:42:41 AM · #23
BTW, I went to Skyline Drive a week or so ago and it was closed due to ice and snow. That was several days after the first little snowstorm we had in the area, and all local roads were just fine. Apparently they don't plow it, or at least not promptly.

I'm sure it's closed today (Feb 14) but who knows if it will be open next week. Here is a link to the Shenandoah National Park page with a phone number for the latest status of Skyline Drive.

I'll keep an eye on this thread, hopefully I'll be able to get away from work and join you guys if the park is open.
02/14/2007 10:11:34 AM · #24
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I would highly recommend waterfalls in winter if you can get to them. The ice formations are most worth it.
02/14/2007 10:02:09 AM · #25
Hubby finally dragged out his maps and suggested Dark Hollow Falls as a relatively easy hike. From other pictures I Googled it looks like it falls in stages instead of one continuous drop, so parts could be frozen. It is a popular tourist stop but I'm guessing this time of year ... not so popular. It's not too far from the Great Meadows complex and has its own little parking area.

Now I need to go see if I can get some of the unwanted Ice Mother Nature delivered last night removed from my driveway :-(
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