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      Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

      So while the weather was still just about perfect with temperatures in the 80s and dew points in the 50s to near 60, I decided to head to the mountains for an early morning hike on Saturday. As I planned this on Wednesday, I really had no idea where we were going until the last second Friday afternoon.

      I found an awesome site online called Hiking Upward which shows all of the different trails in Virginia and Maryland. It made it very simple to pick out a trail to see how difficult it was, how the views and streams were, and gave reviews on each hike. No, I don't work for that website, I just found it awesome.

      Me and my old roommate ended up settling on the Buck Hollow to Mary's Rock trail which was 9 miles long and had an elevation gain of 2,600 feet. We wanted to be out there a while and the link said it would take about 5 hours at a moderate pace. As it was just the two of us, it only took just under 4 hours including lunch, so it was just about perfect. On a side note, I recommend taking two camelbaks on this trip, as we only had one and both of us were a bit on the thirsty side by the end. Check out the pictures.