I anticipated steamy, hot temperatures; lots of biting insects and ticks; and plenty of stinging nettles on overgrown trails in (relatively) less frequented areas of the park
Ginny and Ian explored the swimming hole while others waded or generally enjoyed the peaceful setting.
Over dinner, we decided to schedule an extra-early start so we could hit Old Rag’s ridge at sunrise on Sunday. Night (pre-dawn?) hiking was new for a lot of people, and definitely a bit unusual for an LM, but we were eager to have the scramble to ourselves.
We started up the trail at 7 a.m. and managed to catch nice light on the mountains at Blackrock Mountain