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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 01:13 PM
The west ridge is West Virginia, and the eastern ridge is Virginia, with Lee's Highway running down the middle.


This is a view of the Seven Turns area of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from the Woodstock Fire Tower in George Washington National Forest. My Dad's house is in the middle of the second turn from the left.



Woodstock Fire Tower



Woodstock Fire Tower

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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 01:21 PM


My Dad and one of my Cuzdens carrying a canoe to the Shenandoah in my Dad's backyard.



My two nephews and niece Zoe looking for crawfish in the Shenandoah.



Dad's Backyard



Wild Turkey in the backyard



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Talking to my Aunt Helen along the river.



30 strong Cornhole Tournament underway. Cornhole has now spread to Washington DC, Baltimore, and Colorado.



Cuz Kenny from up the Valley took the Cornhole title this year, and he ain't what sore or nothing, and will keep the belt until next year.

 

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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 01:53 PM
Awesome Derek! Jeanne and I were in Front Royal last weekend and there is nothing like the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Looks like you guys were having a great time but I'll have to take your word on it that nobody got hurt in the cornholing contest! *laugh*
 

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Awesome Derek! Jeanne and I were in Front Royal last weekend and there is nothing like the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Looks like you guys were having a great time but I'll have to take your word on it that nobody got hurt in the cornholing contest! *laugh*



Cool on dat. Front Royal is right up the valley.

Found a cool book while at a book fair down in the Valley, which was basically a converted barn in the middle of a corn field. The book runs for $26 hardback on Amazon and $6 for paperback, but they had a bunch of copies of the hardback for two dollars. Below,

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The Contented Poacher - Tales and Recipes From An Epicure In The Wilderness

Book Description

Throughout history, the poacher has been pigeonholed as scoundrel, thief, and criminal. But there exists another breed of poacher: one who proudly hunts without a gun, using art and guile alone.

Wily woodswoman Elantu B. Veovode has spent a lifetime observing animals and cleverly coaxing them onto her plate. She shares her secrets in THE CONTENTED POACHER, the collected tales of her successful (and not so successful) close encounters with the wild side.

Hunting for a fresh chicken in a supermarket is one thing, but bagging a plump pheasant with nothing more than a cardboard tube and a poncho is quite another. In THE CONTENTED POACHER’S EPICUREAN ODYSSEY, wily woodswoman Elantu B. Veovode details the finer points of the chase, with humorous tales of close encounters, unique hunting strategies, and delectable recipes. Try Lemon Roadrunner with Almonds, Porcupine in Pomegranate Sauce, or Rattlesnake Potpie with **** ly Pear Apples; other recipes feature venison, moose, woodchuck, prairie dog, and armadillo (complete with supermarket-bought substitutions). A rare treat for true do-it-yourself cooks as well as armchair survivalists and culinarians, THE CONTENTED POACHER’s anecdotes and cooking tips will satisfy your taste for the hunt.

Richly narrated hunting stories and more than 90 original recipes from a lifetime wilderness enthusiast. Learn how to catch a turkey with a fishnet, avoid meeting a bear on a mountain path, and remove the pungent odor of skunk.

About the Author

knew how to catch fish with an umbrella and how to bring down a moose without a gun by the time she was 10 years old. She has lived all over North America and earned her living as a chef, cooking instructor, garbage collector, fire-watch resident, and artist. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she is currently working on several other books.










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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 02:30 PM
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia:

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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 02:34 PM
That's God's country right there!

 

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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 03:17 PM
Looks like your dad has a lovely place, Derek! And on the Shenandoah!!!

 

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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 04:21 PM
One of the best times I ever had with Bill Ector was in Shenandoah National Park.

We were on tour with the ABB, and there was an off day between shows in Virginia Beach and Bristow. When I found out Bill had never been to Shenandoah, we decided to spend the off day doing the Skyline Drive.

It was a beautiful day up on the ridge, highs in the mid 70s, when it was 90 in the valley. Since it was a weekday, it wasn't overrun by tourists, and we had a very pleasant drive. Bill was really impressed by how beautiful it was, and I think he really enjoyed that day.

I'm glad I was able to help make that day happen for him.

 
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  posted on 7/2/2008 at 07:16 PM
Beautiful pictures, Derek looks like everyone was having a great time. The Cornhole "championship belt", is hilarious, LMAO!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2008 at 08:09 AM
I sure wish I lived there!
Wait a minute, I basically do!

Actually, I'm about 20 miles East of Front Royal....

I think we're doing a Shenandoah River one day trip in July.
Hopefully the water's higher than it was last July.

We went down the Rappahannock River about a month ago....it's always a great time!

 
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Beautiful pictures, Derek looks like everyone was having a great time. The Cornhole "championship belt", is hilarious, LMAO!


If cornhole ain't your way yet, it will be soon.

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I think we're doing a Shenandoah River one day trip in July.
Hopefully the water's higher than it was last July.

We went down the Rappahannock River about a month ago....it's always a great time!




Cool on both rivers.

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One of the best times I ever had with Bill Ector was in Shenandoah National Park.

We were on tour with the ABB, and there was an off day between shows in Virginia Beach and Bristow. When I found out Bill had never been to Shenandoah, we decided to spend the off day doing the Skyline Drive.

It was a beautiful day up on the ridge, highs in the mid 70s, when it was 90 in the valley. Since it was a weekday, it wasn't overrun by tourists, and we had a very pleasant drive. Bill was really impressed by how beautiful it was, and I think he really enjoyed that day.

I'm glad I was able to help make that day happen for him.



Very cool, Rob. You took the detour and showed Bill one of the coolest roads in America. Skyline Drive goes a long way, (FLoydfest is near Mile 160 or so, for instance) but the Shenandoah section is sweet. Hopefully there was some mist in the air and the ferns were glowing. Great thing to do.

Last night we went back up to the Woodstock Fire Tower to take in the sunset. There were a couple of couples up there this time, as opposed to having it to ourselves the night before, so we hiked around the bend and hung out where the hand gliders launch. On a day when the right conditions exist, the hand gliders can ride the Shenandoah Ridge all of the way from Woodstock to Charlottesville. Look that up on a map - a long way. The sunset was beautiful, nature did not disappoint.

I found a pic online of a hand glider flying off of the Woodstock Tower launch area which highlights the straight-line ridge of the Shenandoahs,





 

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