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Nov 07, 2004 02:26 # 28603

kylebellamy *** smiles...

Far, far, far from the crowd

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As I am writing this, it is currently 48 degrees, slightly breezy and I am at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level.

I am sitting on top of a ridge on the mountains bordering the Shanendoah Valley and the view is amazing.

I walked about 3 miles along this ridge until I found this nice spot with an amazing view out over the valley and decided that this would be the place where I would camp for the night.

As I look up at the stars, I can see the Milky Way pretty clearly and it is as beautiful as I remember being when I did a lot of camping as a child.

So now I'll head off to bed to get some sleep. My food is safely hung up in a tree about 30 yards down the trail so the bears won't screw with my tent while I'm sleeping. They are generally nice as long as you don't mess with them or have food in your tent. Made that mistake once and had to run off into the forest banging a pan loudly to scare it away. Lol

Anyway, goodnight and sleep well. See you tomorrow. And I recommend that everyone take an overnight camping trip by themselves, it is refreshing.

I know I'm dead on the surface But I'm screaming underneath

Nov 07, 2004 06:21 # 28621

Magnifico *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

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NAOees- ever in search of regions yet farther from the maddening crowds.

It sounds beautiful there; it must be amazing to see the stars. They are so obscured sometimes by life itself where I am. I hope you're enjoying the scenery and getting the most from life.

I'll believe in anything if you'll just believe in anything

Nov 07, 2004 14:50 # 28623

majic *** replies...

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Hey Kyle, Where do you live? I'm from the Northern Virginia area, I grew up near Warrenton Va. It's pretty close to Shenandoah Valley that you are talking about in your post. I'm currently living in North Carolina though...

Nov 07, 2004 17:35 # 28624

kylebellamy *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

I'm on way home now. It was loads of fun and I'm glad I did it. I'm from Maryland, by the way.

I know I'm dead on the surface But I'm screaming underneath

Nov 08, 2004 13:14 # 28645

kylebellamy *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

Oh, and for you tech heads like me, I wrote all those posts on a Blackberry Color cell/pda on the Nextel network. So if people tell you Nextel sucks because of it's connection, remember that I was able to post to a website from on top of a mountain 3 miles from anything. lol

I know I'm dead on the surface But I'm screaming underneath

Nov 09, 2004 06:11 # 28676

rosyxxx *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

I can only imagine what a Blackberry cell phone/pda is... having never seen one. I am deeeeply curious about them. I am still waiting on my iPod.

Sounds like you had an awesome trip. I remember camping as a little girl. We spent a lot of time in the Carolinas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Loved Inverness, Blowing Rock, and Lynville Falls. We spent many summers on Grandfather Mountain for the Scottish Highland Games.

Countless nights under the stars with marshmallows roasting over the fire. When it was my turn to roast hot dogs, I always ran them through the fire and burned them. It never occured to me that other people didn't like their hot dogs burnt, so they took me off hot dog roasting duty... but I promptly learned how to fish that year.

If you took pics from your trip, I'd love to see them... could you post some here?

My mind is made up...not like my bed, which is a mess.

Nov 08, 2004 15:59 # 28654

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

That makes me think of the year my family and I went out to Big Bend, TX for a few days. I snuck out of the cabin we rented and camped on a low ridge about fourty yards from the cabin. The sky was beautifal and the stars alone lit the ridge enough to free-hand the side of it. Lucky for me I didn't run into any mountan lions, while I was out there.

--Jami

--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

Nov 09, 2004 06:06 # 28675

rosyxxx *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

lucky for me I didn't run into any mountain lions

Mountain lions, how strange... just the other day I accidentally, while typing the words 'throw them to the lions', clicked on a website about mountain lion safety... quite interesting, as well as distracting.

Never met one, but when I was a little girl my grandfather told me that mountain lions roamed the hills above his house...

I'd forgotten that. Thanks for the memory Salvial Ten. And by the way, I love your name.

My mind is made up...not like my bed, which is a mess.

Nov 09, 2004 10:31 # 28684

Salvial_Ten *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

It's kind of strange how things can coincide sometimes. I'm sure having mountain lions above the house made life growing up more...adventuresome?

Thanks for the memory Salvial Ten. And by the way, I love your name.

You're welcome, a good memory brought up (at least I think it's good) is always a treat.

Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

--Jami

--Jami Yeah, that's gonna sting in the morning.

Nov 09, 2004 21:43 # 28697

kylebellamy *** replies...

Re: Far, far, far from the crowd

I'll post a bunch once I get around to offloading them from the camera. A couple of AVI's too so you can get a feel for the place.

I know I'm dead on the surface But I'm screaming underneath


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