George Washington National Forest: Halfmoon Mountain

Halfmoon Mountain in West Virginia may sound like it’s far away from Washington, DC, but it’s not. The distance is comparable to many trailhead locations you can drive to in Shenandoah National Park – about 2 hours. This hike was quite enjoyable a pleasant surprise for me and my husband, as we usually stick to Shenandoah […]

George Washington National Forest: Kennedy Peak Part 2

Continued from Part 1 The Kennedy Peak loop trail features a couple great views. Going around counter-clockwise as we did, our first view was from the Kennedy Peak Trailhead, just off US675. Here you can see Shenandoah Valley and the mountains of Shenandoah National Park on the other side. The ridge trail up to the peak is […]

George Washington National Forest: Kennedy Peak Part 1

Back in October, we went to Kennedy Peak in George Washington National Forest. It was our second time doing the hike, and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time! Although it is 9.2 miles, the terrain is not very difficult and it features a great summit view, with a shelter/viewing platform at […]

2016: A Year of Hiking and Wildflower Photography in Review

Hiking In 2016 my husband and I went on 37 hikes in Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest combined. Our plan is to go hiking once every week. We like to go on Saturdays so that we can recover on Sunday before going to work on Monday. Trails After all of our hiking […]

George Washington National Forest: Buzzard Rock Part 4

Continued from Part 3 In addition to all the Asters and Goldenrods, we also saw a few of these white puffy wildflowers. Late-flowering Boneset Late-flowering Boneset, Late Boneset,  or Eupatorium serotinum, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms July to October. It is native to North America and can be found throughout eastern and […]

George Washington National Forest: Buzzard Rock Part 3

Continued from Part 2 We encountered this Aster flower along the trail. I’ve searched for hours on the internet and in books trying to identify it, but to no avail. The detailed wildflower book that I use for reference, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region, identifies 18 types of Aster and has pictures […]