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Sketch of Vining Tract area
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Detail of Devil's Graveyard area
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Jim's 2005 topo map
Conley Cabin area (2012)
2012 updated map
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After having spun out during an attempt to ascend the very icy Goose Pond Road on Thursday afternoon,
Jonathan retreated to the Pottery store at the bottom of the hill where we parked the Jeep

We also managed to catch Steve as he arrived before he could suffer the same fate.
Here, we all make the mile-long ascent up the road to Conley Cabin on foot.
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Soon after our arival, we quickly discovered that the key provided by the PATC
did not fit the lock. Luckily, Steve was able to gain access through an unsecured window.
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The girls look on as we break into the cabin
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After a chilly Thursday evening, we greet the sunrise on Friday morning
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The spectaular morning view from our front yard
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The eastern-facing side of Conley Cabin
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The sun warms the back porch
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Steve starts the woodstove...
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...as Jim prepares life-sustaining java
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Jon, Spirit and Maggie start the day
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View of cabin from the approach trail
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The nearby privy stands at the ready
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The door shows the staple scars of many past postings
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The interior is... good enough
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Reading material provided at no extra charge
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An access point for local critters
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Ready to hike
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We explore neighboring Morris Cabin (currently unoccupied)
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Morris Cabin's front yard
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The Morris Cabin tool shed
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Wood pile on porch
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The tool shed's questionable foundation
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A local trail marker offers a greeting
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Our next stop is Mutton Top Cabin
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Jon and Maggie explore the grounds
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The wonderful view from Mutton Top
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We hike the Perimeter Trail to the west of Mutton Top
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Cabin ruins near Morris
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Maggie enjoys the snow
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Jim likewise enjoys the warm sun
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Jon, Jim and Steve as Steve prepares to depart
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The girls supervise Jonathan's lunch
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Matt arrived Friday night after Steve's departure. Depite our phone warnings
not to attempt the drive up icy Goose Pond Road, he managed an ascent anyway.

Later, however, he becomes concerned about getting back down, so Matt tries this
descent back to the Pottery store parking lot where Jonathan and Steve had parked.
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Unfortunatley, Matt doesn't quite make it to the bottom of the hill and lands in this ditch
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Later, Jonathan and Matt back at the cabin following an aborted attempt
by a Stanardsville towing company to extract Matt's car from the ditch
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Winding down for the evening
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The crew prepares to depart
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Approaching Boxwood Cabin after leaving Conley at 12:15pm on Christmas Eve
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Descending Goose Pond Road is tricky, even during the day
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Matt surveys the problem as we wait for the tow truck
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Help arrives (again), this time equipped with sturdy tire chains front and rear
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The extraction process begins
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The view from the rear
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A quick conference with Matt...
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...finally results in a successful extraction. Here the towers remove
the tire chains at the bottom of Goose Pond Road, which is snow-free.
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After settling up with the towing folks, Matt enjoys a treat at the Stanardsville Dairy Queen
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Dogs (and Jonathan) like ice cream too...
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