We met up in newport news, I drove with James, Megan and Karen. We met Jimmie Severs with Micki, and their dogs, who drove separately.
We were talking about something or other and missed the turn into Charlottesville, so we continued up to Sheetz gas station for snacks, then on to the trailhead.
It had been raining monster crazy in Hampton when we left so we were concerned about hiking/setting up wet.
We got to the trailhead between 10-11 pm (not sure because it was 2 weeks ago), it wasn’t raining but it was dark. We hiked up to the little clearing about, 3/4 mile, and set up the tents.
Morning was overcast and ‘danky’. I made sausage biscuits, using my bake-packer and instead of hogging it all, I shared with everyone. It went pretty well.
We then hiked up to Mt Pleasant, foggy, tree tunnels, no views anywhere, (what was the point?) hope springs eternal. Anyway…hiked back down, swung by the parking lot and re-filled water bladders for dinner and breakfast, then back to camp.
I forgot totillas so I had to eat my old el paso taco mix by itself, it was good. Also forgot salsa, so it was a little dry.
Made a giant ‘blue berry muffin’ in the the bake packer, man it was tasty! Had brought some butter which made it taste even better, shared it, it was a pretty good success!
We made a campfire, but just small talk, no booze frenzy this time! No hole-to-hole, the game ‘Megan-sherpa’ brought back from Nepal.
Rained like hell all night. Ate breakfast under tent vestibule, rain broke, so we decided to bail out on hiking over cold (cold) mtn, so we just hiked back down to the cars and that was that.
The 2 dogs, Shadow and Nylah were great, friendly, obedient, playful, just a lot of fun to have around.
The video I made is on youtube (search ‘thephilipreed’)