Cherokee ancient mountain god; protector of wanderers.

CK goes out for a walk...
Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Sep 5 CK crosses into Virginia from West Virginia. 

The Virginia portion of the trip is 544 miles. About a quarter of the Trail lies within Virginia, including about 100 miles through the popular Shenandoah National Park. Further south, the Trail generally parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway, eventually going through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and then coming into the town of Damascus, where Trail Days are celebrated every May.


Charlie at the state line crossing into Virginia Chris with relatives
Charlie at Mary's Rock looking NW Stony Man Mt. looking west. This is the highest point in the Shenandoah's (3800+ feet)
Black Rock Summit (3082') in Shenandoah Park CK leaving Shenandoah
Sept 15 - Group picture of South Bound friends at Quality Inn Party at the hotel
CK & Seamster (the man who organized the party) Sheapa, Tapework & Windsock
The South Bound Party! 
CK at summit of Priest Mt Looking NW Looking east from Tar Jacket Ridge
Bluff Mt. facing NW From Big Rocky Ridge looking down into James River Valley
Charlie, Chris and Mike on Thunder Ridge Charlie holding up a rock on the AT
Section hikers: Andy, Mike, Frank & Dennis from Atlanta Rock ledge along Tinker Ridge, just north of Roanoke.
Top of McAfee Knob looking north From the top of Dragons Tooth Ridge
Washed out bridge from Hurricane Jeane flooding Audie Murphy monument where his place crashed (WWII hero)
Keefer Oak. The largest in the south. The oak's girth is over 18 ft.
Little Wolf stream near Bland, VA
Rhododendron lined pathway on trail Privy at Jenkins Shelter
Burkes Garden from Chestnut Knot Chestnut Knob Shelter
High meadow looking south from Chestnut Knob 
Kevin (a trail angel), Charlie and Chris in front of Mt Rogers Headquarters
View of meadow in Grayson Highlands State Park
Feral Ponies
Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands Park Grayson Highlands Park
Near Rhododendron Gap Charlie going through Fat Man Squeeze
Looking across meadows by Deep Gap
Buzzard Rock
Whitetop Mts panorama from Buzzard Rock
Damascus. Last town in Virgina's535 miles of the AT. 460 miles to go. Backbone rock near Damascus
Lazy Fox B&B where MaryAnn & Charlie stayed. CK cooking at the MRO Hostel
Smokey, Free Spirit, Ron, Night Rain, Epiphany, Fort Wayne & Cobol at BBQ at the hostel BBQ to celebrate finishing Virginia
Ron, Chris, CK, Fort Wayne, Free Spirit & Night Rain Ron, Fort Wayne and Charlie
Charlie & Chris
Tennessee/North Carolina