Foiled again. I got stuck at Skyland today. It was right off the trail so I decided to stop in for bathroom, trash can, and picnic table. Then the restaurant was opening for lunch so I decided to eat there. Then a bunch of friends showed up and I decided to hang out reading on the lawn with the dogs while everyone else ate. Then two park rangers said a downpour was coming in five minutes. Four hours later, I left. Oops. I need to get out of this park.
There were some great views today on Little Stony Man Cliffs and the Pinnacle. I tried to also check out the view on Stony Man Summit, going off trail uphill with my pack on because I heard it was so great, only to find a couple occupied right on the rocks on top. Not the best place for it considering that’s a popular, short hike from a nearby parking lot, with lots of families going up. And annoying to me since I went out of my way and didn’t even get to hang out there.
I did make it 15.3 miles to Pass Mountain Hut. I’m going to try to get an earlier start tomorrow to make it to a hostel outside the park. I really, really need a shower and laundry. The trail through Shenandoah is severely lacking in swimming holes to even get partially clean.