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The PATC Robert Humphrey (formerly Weaver) Cabin is located in the western foothills
of the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of the Shenandoah National Park
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This sign marks the driveway entrance at 2157 Weaver Road (SR-607)
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An overview map shows the roads and trails of the surrounding area
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A newly constructed wooden bridge provides a gateway from the parking lot to the cabin
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The cabin's wall plaques offer a brief history of the building
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Michele, Ryan and Elton drove from Chesapeake, VA and arrived at 4:45pm.
Jonathan and Jim traveled from Fairfax and arrived soon thereafter.
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Michele and crew begin the unloading process...
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...as Maggie supervises
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After opening the cabin, we quickly discover a ladybug infestation
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The recently warming weather apparently triggered a massive hatch just days earlier
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Jon and Michele set about to sweep away as many as possible
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Meanwhile, Jim explores the grounds, and snaps a few photos of the renovated privy
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The very nice black tile interior is apparently the work
of Mary Jorgensen, wife of the regional PATC overseer
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Reading material is provided at no extra charge
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The well-maintained spring is located about 100 yards up the hill
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Tested annually, the spring water is potable according to Tom Jorgensen, regional overseer
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The spring's overflow pond and transport pipe that provides running water to the cabin's outdoor rinse sink
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A view of the privvy and cabin from the west
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Another wooden bridge offers easy access to the privy
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After settling in for a bit, Jonathan and Jim explore the nearby PATC Cliff's House cabin, which is not yet occupied
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Jonathan takes in the great view from the south deck
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The cabin was once owned by Cliff Firestone (of tire company fame), but was later donated to the PATC
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Although it appears large from the outside, only the second floor offers
living quaters. This smaller deck sits on the north side of the house.
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A view down the hill toward Humphrey where the group prepares to begin evening appetizers
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The cabin is equipped with an excellent horseshoe pit which Jim tries out...
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...as the others enjoy a fresh batch of Amish popcorn
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Likewise, Jonathan, Jim and Michelle officially kick off happy hour
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Sandy arrived at 8:00pm while Anniell and Kathy turned up at 9:00pm.
Here, Sandy and Kathy organize their gear as Maggie looks on.
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Steve and Nicholas finally arrived at 11:30pm, then relaxed by the fire pit until retiring at 1:00am
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Everyone slept inside the cabin except for Kathy and Jim,
who enjoyed the brisk (38°F) fresh outdoor air on the porch
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Saturday morning, most of the group had risen by 8:15am
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The morning temperature remained for some time in the upper 30's
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Most of us took advantage of the electric stove... a rare treat for a PATC cabin
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Nicholas instructs Dad about the finer points of breakfast preparation
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Meanwhile, Jim prepares Canadian bacon for the morning egg feast
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Anniell and Kathy discuss the day's plans...
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...while Nicholas and Maggie soak up the morning sun
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Spirit and Ryan likewise steel themselves for the upcoming hike
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Seven of the group departed at 11:30pm in two cars for Lewis Mountain
inside the SNP. Meanwhile, Kathy, Anniell and Jim search for the
Powell Mountain trailhead which took considerable effort to locate.
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With an assist from a pair of local gentlemen, we finally found the trailhead, parked, and prepared to depart
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Kathy inspects the "stealth" trail marker which is nearly invisble from the road
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Though difficult to read, the sign indicates that it's 3.6 miles to Skyline Drive
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Kathy leads the way up the trail which is soon to become quite steep
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In part becuase of Jim's recent illness, we elect to ascend only about 1.2 miles up the trail (route shown in red)
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We lunch near our high water mark, then start back down the
mountain at 3:30pm. Here, we take a break near the trailhead.
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We returned to the car at 4:30pm, then pose for a photo
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This Google Earth image shows our up-and-back route...
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...which involved about 2½ miles of walking and 2,000 feet of elevation gains and losses
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Ryan and Elton enjoy their Saturday hike on the SNP Bearfence trail...
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...which involved a bit of rock scrambling
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After driving the 4½ miles back to the cabin, Anniell and Kathy trek
up the hill to explore Cliff's House (now occupied) for themselves
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Shortly afterwards, Tom Jorgensen, the regional PATC cabin oversser, shows up with
two assistants to treat a nearby lumber pile with anti-beetle powder. This leftover
lumber will soon be transported to the Tulip Tree Cabin for use in expanding the rear deck.
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One of Tom's helpers tends the family dog
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Tom and his 12-year old son were the primary renovators of the Weaver Cabin
(as it was originally named) in the late 1990's, earning them this coveted PATC award
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The remainder of the group returned to the cabin at 5:30pm, having hiked
the Bearfence Trail in the SNP. Here, Nicholas works on his curve ball...
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...while Dad provides catching services
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Ryan looks on as Sandy shows off her winning bean bag style
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Now it's Ryan's turn to bear down in this intense competition
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As the sport comes to an end, the dinner feast begins with appetizers
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Anniell and Kathy prepare wonderful salads for the group...
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...as Jonathan and Michele launch the barbequing
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Others join in to grill salmon, asparagus and sausages
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Michele and Steve adding a few finishing touches
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A hungry crew digs in...
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...as the grilling nears complettion
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Michele provides the crowning dessert course... fruit and chocolate fondue
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A hit with everyone!
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We all finally retired, well-nourished but exhausted about midnight. We rose Sunday to
a beautiful spring morning with temperatures about 10°F higher than the day before.
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As the group finished breakfast and began packing, Jim took a few more photos around the cabin.
This locked work and storage room is located on the second floor next to the bunks.
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The loft bunks and mattress vault
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The upstairs bunk room is equipped with a mini
ping pong table, another rare feature for a PATC cabin
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According to Tom Jorgensen, the cabin was electrified
several years ago because of propane safety concerns
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This clever custom-cut door leads to the cabin's basement
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Jonathan and Sandy begin closing down their camp kitchen
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The recycling bin offers testamony to an abundance of libation
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The vehicle packing process begins
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Elton and Ryan relax on the porch swing shortly before departure
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But before departing, Kathy needs to attend to the cabin's log book
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The entries made by the previous group offer insights
into both their joys and their (many) disappointments
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Kathy offers a few comments about our own visit
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Anniell and Kathy inspect the photo album that
documents the cabin's extensive renovations over the years
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Nicholas and Steve had to depart early (8:50am) in order to get Nicholas home
in time for an important sporting event. They were able to pause briefly
before departure, however, for this quick photo.
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The remaining ten of us likewise pose for the obligatory group photo. Michele, Ryan and Elton
departed soon thereafter at 11:15am with the others about 45 minutes behind. Anniell and Kathy
later stopped at SNP's Meadow Spring Parking Area (off Skyline Drive) for an afternoon hike to Mary's Rock.
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On Saturday, April 6th, when returning from SNP, many in our group
had observed an odd "cat ranch" located on Naked Creek Road
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Four of us stopped for a look on Sunday as we departed the area
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Kathy and Anniell, in fact, chatted with the woman who owns the
15 or so cats that are permanently chained to these wooden shelters
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The woman said that the local humane society knows about the cats, has enforced
neutering and spaying, and has prohibited her from acquiring any additional cats
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This 2011 Google Earth image shows the location of the house
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Likewise, this web page shows that we were not the first to photograph the "ranch"
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This photo, taken by Panoramio user "yamamanim" on January 29, 2009 shows 20 cat shelters
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