Dolly Sods Wilderness: Lions Head Loop Day 2 – Part 2

Continued from Day 2 Part 1 The moist forest was home to various mushrooms. Yellow Patches I believe this is a Yellow Patches, Orange Amanita, or Amanita flavoconia, mushroom. These mushrooms grow June-November and are not edible. However, it was a bit difficult to identify the mushroom for certain because it is not fully grown […]

Shenandoah National Park: Orchids of Summer

In Shenandoah National Park there are different orchids that bloom in the summer months than those from the spring. It’s always a joy to find these lovely flowers growing in the woods! Greater Purple Fringed Orchid The Greater Purple Fringed Orchid, Large Purple Fringed Orchid, or Platanthera grandiflora, is a member of the Orchid family […]

Shenandoah National Park: Hull School Trail – Thornton River Lower Trail Shuttle

In our attempt to go to all the trails available in Shenandoah National Park within 2-hour driving distance, we did a nearly 8-mile shuttle hike down Hull School Trail and Thornton River Lower Trail and back up to Skyline Drive. You start at the parking lot just beyond Beahms Gap. The trail itself is somewhat […]

Shenandoah National Park: Graves Mill Trail – Rapidan River Shuttle Part 3

Continued from Part 2 My husband and I made slow progress along the trail, snapping pictures often. Thanks to our new tripod, he can take more stable long exposure photos of rivers and waterfalls. Rapidan River Rapidan River is a very popular location for fly fishing. We saw many people out and about fishing on this […]