"The time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation." Theodore Roosevelt. 1908Shenandoah was established in 1935. I entered the park at Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro and registered for the required backcountry pass. The first night I rented at Calf Mountain Shelter. The next day I hiked 19.7 miles and tented at Loft Mtn Campground where showers and coffee were available. I met a couple from New York thru-hiking with the dog at the next tent site. The next day I stopped at Hightop Hut where I saw a mother bear and cub just ahead of me on the trail. We saw each other and they bounded away. A ranger said there are more bears this year for to the abundant rain which caused berries to pop early creating a bear friendly food supply.
One of the highlights of my trip through the park was meeting up with my niece at Big Meadows who dehydrated amazing food for resupply! The other plus was seeing my sister who drove the length of Skyline Drove to meet me at Rockfish Gap.
I arrived at Skylands Lodge for lunch and avoided a downpour. I need up getting a ride to Luray and staying at the hostel and slack packing 10 miles south the next sag to make up the distance.
Right now I'm at Elkwallow Wayside where I stopped for lunch. I left the shelter site at Pass Mountain early and now I'm waiting for a ranger talk on black bears.