It was unfortunate but the weather was not cooperative with torrential rains and tornado warning on the day set aside for cleaning up litter. None-the-less a few intrepid folks put on their rain gear and spent the day cleaning up litter.
An early morning meeting as the teams prepare.
Since the photographers do not get in many pictures I thought I would get a couple of them.
Awesome zip-lock baggy rain gear MacGyver'ld over the camera.
Old Rag Mountain Stewards (ORMS)
I ran down to my day with the ORMS which was all about plants.
The CCC stairs on the Saddle Trail were a delightful miniature waterfall.
The amount of rain that had come down over the afternoon was second only to a day in 1996 and all of the brooks and streams were full to capacity and overflowing in many spots.
At a spot just past the Sharp Rock Road and VA 601 was under about three feet of fast moving water so you had to use Sharp Rock Road to get out to VA 231. For a sense of the volume and force of the water check out this short video on You Tube:
Personal Hikes With RockFest 2 Volunteers and then by myself on Old Rag.
Old Rag as seen from Skyline drive early on Sunday morning. After taking this 6:30 AM shot I went back to Pinnacles Research Station and helped the RockFest 2 folks with breakfast, take down and clean up.
After we finished at Pinnacle Research Station I joined a group that were doing a circuit hike of Little Stonyman, Stonyman, and back on the Passamaquody Trail. I wanted to get to the Old Rag Contact Station before the Rangers left for the day so I only did an up and back to the top of the Little Stonyman cliffs and then headed down to the Old Rag Contact Station.
The Redbuds are blossoming. This is a good indicator that snakes will be exiting their hibernaculums.
The Swallowtails are out. This one was feeding on a newly blossoming Lilac blossom.
The Trillium have started to bloom.
Violets are blooming.
This hiker kept me company for awhile. Because of an illness he expects his remaining life is measured in months not years and he was making the most of his remaining time taking advantage of a wonderful spring day.
The view towards Culpepper andEtlan from the first false summit.
As I was driving out on Peola Mills Road the full moon was rising.