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This map shows the Wineberry Cabin and its surroundings

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A 3-D view of the Wineberry Cabin and the Goose Pond approach road

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After a cautious climb up an icy Goose Pond Road, we reach the parking area at 2:30pm

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It's cold and very windy as we unload the gear

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Spirit saddles up...

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Our first view of the cabin includes a freshly killed deer in the front yard

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The cabin's interior is bright and cheery

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A view of the sleeping loft

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Beautiful stained glass windows as seen from the loft

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Kathy seems happy with her new home

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This rear view shows the cabin's back porch

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The rear door includes a mail slot and visitor viewer

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The back porch's ceiling

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The nearby necessary house

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The privy is located about 100 yards from the cabin

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Equipped with tile and other luxury features

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The adjacent solar shower

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After exploring the neighborhood for a bit, preparations begin for the evening meal

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After dinner, we all play the Firefighters Edition of Monopoly, a game that Nicholas wins handily

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DAY 2: Kathy and Jim's "bedroom" on the back porch. The first night was windy with an overnight low of 21�F.

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Steve enjoys breakfast by the window

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Following breakfast and cabin chores, we survey the map as we consider day hiking possibilities

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We set off at 12:15pm

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Steve and Nicholas on the CCC road

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Signs point the way to three of the Vining Tract cabins

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The old barn near Mutton Top Cabin

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We pause for lunch at a beautiful overlook near the CCC road

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Jim and Kathy enjoy the warming sun

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We are joined by two young hikers that are staying at the Morris Cabin and whose car became stuck on the Goose Pond Road

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Steve surveys the landscape as we prepare to depart

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Back on the CCC road, we discover the entrails of another deer

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We end our hike where Caddies Run crosses the CCC road

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Fresh ATV tracks

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Deer blood is visble over much of the road

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Kathy and Jim pause for a photo

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We return to the Goose Pond Road gate

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The yellow line shows our out-and-back hiking route

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This profile shows a distance hiked of 3.5 miles, with total elevation gains and losses of about 1,900 feet

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We return to the cabin with a fresh load of firewood about 3:15pm

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Nicholas prepares for a rest in the loft

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Maggie and Spirit quickly settle in

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Jim likewise enjoys an afternoon respite

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Steve and Nicholas are ready for dinner after a nap

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DAY 3: We rose at 8:30am. The overnight low was recorded to be 16.3�F at 7:00am.

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After breakfast, Kathy deflates her NeoAir sleeping mat

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Nicholas and Jim also make preparations to depart

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As do Jonathan and girls

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Before leaving, a group photo

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Steve and Nicholas lead the way out

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We managed to carry all of the gear to the cars in a single trip

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Waiting to load the gear

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Jonathan and Steve discuss a strategy for descending the very icy Goose Pond Road

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After a successful descent, we all stop in Stanardsville for lunch and treats

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A perfect ending to a great trip

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Nicholas readys himself for the drive home

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