My friend and I recently hiked Jeremy’s run train in Shenandoah National Park. Its one of the longest loop trails in the park at about 15 miles on total length. It was a single night trip that could have been compressed in to a day trip if we didn’t mind getting back really late (its a 2 1/2hr drive one way on top of 7hrs of total hiking, not including breaks).
The trail is nice, though not horribly scenic, only because the trail is heavily forested with few breaks through the trees. There were a few views and it is a nice trail however.
I still have a handful of negatives from the trip to scan, all of them from Skyline drive (the last picture above is the only one from Skyline that I had a chance to scan). I’ll scan them tonight, but they’ll probably have to wait for a future post. Tomorrow my wife and I leave for the Grand Canyon and Vegas. I am feeling just a wee stressed on all of the packing that is left, getting the house ready for my in-laws to come and watch our kids for a week, etc, etc, etc.
On the photography end I’ve settled on the following. Sigma 14mm f/3.5, Zuiko 24mm f/2.8, Zuiko 35mm f/2.8, Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Zuiko 100mm f/2.8, Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5, OM-1 and OM-1n, my tripod, red 25a filter, GND filter, polarizers, 5 rolls Kodak Ektar, 2 rolls superia 400 (for night photography), 4 rolls Fuji 160s, 3 rolls Ilford XP-2 super. The OM-1n will be loaded with B&W film and as a backup body. My wife will have her Olympus E-PL1 and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and about 24GB of memory cards.
Day 1 is the arrival in Vegas and drive out to GCNP south rim. Day 2 is exploring the south rim topside. Day 3 early we break down the tent and hike below the rim down to Bright Angel campground. Day 4 late (~4pm) is break down the tent again and hike back out (probably to arrive around midnight). In both cases this is to minimize the heat of the inner gorge while hiking (forecast is for 104F at Phantom Ranch while it is a balmy 84 on the rim for this trip). Day 5 break down the tent, pack up the car and drive to Havasupai reservation and hike to Supai falls and camp. Day 6 is hike back out and drive in to Vegas for work/relaxation. Day 8 my wife flies home and Day 10 I fly home.
At the moment I plan to leave the 35, 70-210, tripod and the OM-1n on my suit case in the car for all of the backpacking trips on this vacation. However, the OM-1n and the B&W film my come along depending on final pack weight and for Supai the tripod may as well; again depending on pack weight and how my feet are doing after the Bright Angel backpacking.
I’ll scan and post as quickly as I can, but it’s going to take a while as I won’t return until 8/19 and it’ll probably be a couple of days to get all the film developed and a couple of weeks to scan it all.