I am embarrassed to have to say that after being in Shenandoah National Park for almost five days, I have not seen a single bear. Many of my fellow hikers have seen one or more, but I have not seen any here and I did not see any in the Smokeys. I have about ten miles left to hike in the park tomorrow, so that’s my last chance…at least for now. Some say that it’s possible to see bears in New Jersey but somehow that doesn’t seem the same as spotting one in one of the national parks that are famous for bears.
I did have a YOLO spotting today, though, at the Gravel Spring Hut where we’re staying tonight. Remember YOLO, You Only Live Once, who I wrote about a couple of weeks ago? He’s from Germany and is section hiking to Harper’s Ferry, WV, where his wife will meet him on Wednesday. She is flying over from Germany and they will travel to New Orleans for vacation. YOLO is well ahead of schedule so he is going into Front Royal, VA tomorrow to spend a couple of days, then he’ll get back on the trail and hike to Harper’s Ferry.
For the second night in a row a thunderstorm came in as it was getting dark. I was able to listen to the wind and rain and watch the light show – all snug in my tent.
Tomorrow the weather is forecast to be stormy so I’m hiking a short 10-mile hike to Terrapin Station Hostel near Front Royal. I need to shower, do laundry and let my gear dry out. I’ll still be able to make it to Harper’s Ferry by Memorial Day
Here’s a nice photo of YOLO.