Jonathan, Maggie, Kathy and Jim arrived at 3:30pm on Friday, having successfully transversed the very bumpy mile-long access road
Our first view of the cabin since our hiking visit (while the cabin was still under renovation) in January, 2008
A view of the access road
The newly renovated "little house on the hill"
Jonathan snaps a few photos while there's still daylight
We set up for happy hour and dinner following Kathy and Jim's brief exploration walk up Entry Run to the National Park boundary. Patti and Pat later arrived in the dark (about 7:15pm) having likewise braved the rugged access road. We all dined together, then viewed the spectacularly clear starry skies and low flying bats. After plenty of Maker's Mark, wine and other libations, we began preparing for bed at 10:00pm.
Michele and Ryan arrived the next morning after breakfast. After they got settled, six of us began preparing for a hike north up the Entry Run Trail towards the Appalacian Trail.
Michele and Ryan elected to stop for lunch at the intersection of the fire road and trail to the AT, planning to return to the cabin afterwards. The remaining four continued the climb, stopping briefly near the Pocosin Cabin.
We pause for a photo near the Pocosin Cabin
Another view of the cabin, which remains occupied through the long Veteran's Day weekend
After an abundance of morning clouds, the sun finally breaks through as we stop for lunch at the AT
After lunch, we begin the three mile trek back down the mountain. There was a fair bit of snow remaining at around 3,000 feet elevation, most likely left over from Super Storm Sandy, which hit the area in late October.
Kathy pauses while crossing a small creek
Patti and Pat waiting for Kathy and Jim to catch up
Back at the cabin, the Willey family has arrived. After performing a few chores, we all settle in for happy hour.
A bit of football and bean bag tossing kept us entertained until dinner time
At dusk, we start a fire in the creekside fireplace, then begin dinner preparations
Steve takes advantage of Jonathan's new portable kitcken as Maggie supervises
There were shortages of neither food nor drink
The evening temps remained mild as we all eventually turned in about 10:30pm. This time, Kathy elected to sleep on the screen enclosed porch, while Jim once more parked on the deck. The pack rat returned and skittered about the deck sometime during the wee hours, but this time, all "stealables" had been secured, so there were no loses.
Steve starts Sunday morning with a hearty breakfast
Michele likewise begins her day
Katherine enjoys the warm morning sunshine during breakfast
Jonathan's Sunday morning camp kitchen
Ann and Nicholas take advantage of the beautiful morning...
...while Kathy performs kitchen cleanup duties.
Ryan fuels with scrambled eggs
A view of the screen enclosed porch
The cabin's tool shed
At the creekside fireplace
A sign points the way to the Entry Run trailhead
A water pipe installed by the PATC makes it easier to access creek water
A view south down the creek
Looking back at the cabin from the creek
Kathy finishes breakfast...
...as does Jonathan
Maggie and Nicholas spend a little quality time together
Ryan snoozes as Maggie begs for a bit of bagel
Jim and Kathy soak up the sunshine in the front yard
Ann and kids pause for a photo
Katherine retrieves a ball from under the Willey family car
The freshly painted privy includes a wall-to-wall mural
A comfortable and clean venue for necessary business
The packing process begins
Hiking staffs at the ready
The living room glows in the morning sun
The front bedroom has already been cleared
An access door in the front bedroom allows heat from the kitchen stove to warm the space
Ann packs the family gear in the rear bedroom
The narrow stairway between floors
The family room, just outside of the kitchen
Packing is now nearly complete
Patti and Pat prepare to depart...
... but first, the mandatory group photo
Before departing, a photo of the cabin's other guests, a colony of lady bugs
Nicholas and the girls pause enroute for a photo
Both groups reached the trailhead parking area within moments of each other at 12:50pm
After final gear loading, the two cars departed at 1:00pm, then reconnected near Stanardsville at the Plow and Hearth outlet store in Rochelle. Afterwards, we reconvened at the nearby Tastee Freeze for lunch before heading home.